Fluffy Mundell’s remaining handful of neuronal material is fried!


On reflection, I suppose the beard was a good idea.

From mysterious reader, Ludo Thierry:

Clearly the Global Warming effects have fried Fluffy Mundell’s remaining handful of neuronal material. Back in 2014 in full Better Together mode the then Scotland Office Minister Mundell was quoted by Severin Carrell in the Guardian (so it must be true) that “.. only a very small proportion ” of other EU member states’ catches came from Scottish fishing waters (see link and snippet below):


Alex Salmond’s fisheries threat to EU alarms industry

Salmond claimed 12 countries could be barred from Scottish waters if an independent Scotland was refused EU membership

Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
Mon 28 Apr 2014 19.14 BST

Mundell said “… The truth is, only a very small proportion of other member states’ catches are taken from Scottish waters..”

Now, 4 years on in 2018, Fluffy is identifying the operations of other EU member states’ fishing fleets in Scottish fishing waters of such import that he is suggesting that ending EU access to the Scottish Fisheries at the earliest possible date is “..essential..”. (reported on the beeb – so it must be true) – link and snippet below:


Theresa May has said the Brexit transition period could be extended “for a few months” if needed.

But Mr Mundell has told the BBC he wants assurances any extension to the transition would not delay exit from CFP beyond the agreed date.

He said that leaving the CFP in December 2020 is “essential”.

Mr Mundell said that he wanted to make sure the arrangement was at the centre of thinking as EU deal negotiations reach a conclusion.

He said: “Leaving the CFP is an essential part of leaving the EU. Many people here in Scotland voted to leave the EU because they wanted to leave the CFP.

Somehow Fluffy something doesn’t seem to add up – Now – I wonder what that might be?


$2 trillion in Scottish oil still to be extracted just from North Sea!

North Sea oil rig in a storm

Photograph: Arnulf Husmo/Getty Images

There have now been five predictions of oil at $100 per barrel:

A fifth prediction of oil rising to $100 per barrel for Scottish oil, suggests pre-tax revenue of around $1 trillion!

It is currently trading at $80pb:


According to the Financial Times in January 2018:

‘Industry estimates suggest there are still about 20bn barrels of oil and gas left to be exploited in the North Sea and while its longer-term production outlook is in decline, it is right now, in the words of Mr Kirk, “healthily mature”.’


So, not counting the billions of barrels west of Shetland or the gas, North Sea oil revenue, pre-tax, alone could be as high as $2 trillion between now and 2050.

That gives us plenty of time to gain independence and get some serious tax revenue before the end of the oil era.


Another case in the real story of Scotland’s economy: Big business failures in Scotland fall by 25%’

<> on November 4, 2013 in UNSPECIFIED, United Kingdom.

(c) CNN

From Insider today:

‘Blair Nimmo, head of restructuring for KPMG in the UK, said business confidence in Scotland ‘is among the highest in the UK’.  Top of Form

Bottom of Form

The number of large businesses failing in Scotland has fallen by almost a third, according to latest figures. Professional services firm KPMG said the number of administration and receiverships reported in the third quarter of 2018 dropped to 17 compared to 24 in the same period in 2017.’


Other recent evidence:

Umpteenth post on underlying strength in Scottish economy: Property investment up 19.8%!

Scottish business confidence well above UK average

SNP blamed as private businesses experience too much demand and overcrowding with new staff second only to Labour-mayored London.

Scottish business confidence stays high…Ah but!..Oh shut up Revoking Scotland!

63% fall in large business insolvencies as Scottish economy reveals strength

See this Douglas? Business investment in Scotland up 250%!

Scottish Business Strength No.77: Small Scottish construction firms’ growth up 17%

Scottish small businesses still more confident than those in non-Scottish parts

Business activity soars to four-year high across manufacturing and service

Business confidence in Scotland soars by 24% while it sinks 29% in non-Scottish parts of UK

Scottish businesses more likely to be stable than those in rest of UK: News from a parallel universe unknown to our mainstream media

Scottish Government supports economy with new business rates unique in UK

Scottish business confidence higher than in any other region of UK


Leading charity warns ‘Reporting Scotland are just at it now!’


The Royal Society for the Reduction of Anxiety in the Vulnerable (RSRAV) has published a report condemning BBC Reporting Scotland’s venture in the world of alternative mental health therapies. After an approach by the Labour, Conservative and LibDem shadowy health ministers suggesting that SNP initiatives may be making the more vulnerable members of society les anxious than is good for them or for their voting behaviour, BBC Scotland has launched a new, slow-release, once every 12 days dose of EMPIG – Early-morning Propaganda Is Good. EMPIG works best if the dose is delivered before 7am when patients are at their most susceptible to fear enhancement. EMPIG works best with those over 65, those with pre-existing mental health problems, pregnant and young mothers and has been shown in trials to make patients averse to change including constitutional change. EMPIG is effective even if only given every 12 days thus enabling Reporting Scotland to gather evidence that they are not biased, between doses.

Today, 22nd October 2018, the second trial dose was administered in six sub-doses during BBC Breakfast, starting at 06:27am. The dose contained these proven generalised anxiety-inducing elements, HS (health scare), H (homelessness), P (policing) and FR (financial risk):

  1. ‘Opportunities are being missed to help people rebuild their lives after the diagnosis of a heart, chest or stroke condition. That’s according to a charity….’
  2. ‘Scottish ministers are being urged to bring forward legislation to place a seven-day limit on the use of unsuitable temporary homeless accommodation. Charity….’
  3. ‘Police are getting increasingly concerned…’
  4. ‘Urgent work on People’s Palace…risk, cost….’
  5. Subliminal message: ‘There now you feel depressed and anxious again. That’s good. Feel like constitutional change? No, just want to curl up? OK we’ll finish with a nice wee story about the weather. It’ll be quite nice. You can go for a wee walk and do some mindfulness. There you go. Byeeeee.’

The first does of EMPIG, with the same fear elements, was delivered, on the 10th October 2018, at 06:23am in 6 sub-doses every 30 minutes, during the BBC Breakfast programme. The only report available at this time is by the far-too-cheeky, Professor Robertson at:

Feeling optimistic about Scotland after Nicola’s speech eh? BBC Scotland’s Disturbance Team have the cure for that – the horror… the horror..the….

A representative of the RSRAV said: ‘Quite frankly Reporting Scotland are just at it now!’

By 1.30pm, Reporting Scotland had adopted a more optimistic account of life in Scotland. An explanation for the effectiveness of early morning scare stories is here:

The Power of Early Morning Nightmares: The consequences including even death at home for expectant mothers of BBC Scotland’s reporting of one stillbirth



‘Thought for the Day’ from those ‘Scots’ savants McFadden and Whitehead



If only because of his name, McFadden’s roots are clearly, if distantly, connected to Scotland’s long struggle for independence. The words of his best-known hit are perfect for the next Yes parade to sing and to sway their funky hips to:

There’s been so many things that’s held us down.
But now it looks like things are finally comin’ around.
I know we’ve got, a long long way to go,
and where we’ll end up, I don’t know.
But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back,
we’re putting ourselves together,
we’re polishing up our act!
If you felt we’ve been held down before,
I know you’ll refuse to be held down anymore!

Don’t you let nothing, nothing,
Stand in your way!
I want ya’ll to listen, listen,
to every word I say, every word I say!

Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’re on the move!
Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’ve got the groove!

Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’re on the move!
Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’ve got the groove!

I know you know someone that has a negative vow,
and if you’re trying to make it they only push you aside.
They really don’t have, nowhere to go.
Ask them where they’re going, they don’t know.
But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back,
we’re gonna put ourselves together,
we’re gonna polish up our act!
And if you’ve ever been held down before,
I know you’ll refuse to be held down anymore!

Don’t you let nothing, nothing,
Stand in your way!
I want ya’ll to listen, listen,
to every word I say, every word I say!

Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’re on the move!
Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’ve got the groove!

Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’re on the move!
Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!
We’ve got the groove!

(McFadden & Whitehead, 1979)

The lyrics even refer to ‘someone that has a negative vow’. Could they have imagined anything so awful as these three?


I was reminded of the song’s resonance for us now, hearing it again in that fine Ayr eatery, the Treehouse, last night. It came in a funky, bass-heavy, sequence, helping to release our digestive juices. The sequence included James Brown, after whom, coincidentally, the town’s James Brown Avenue is named.

C’mon Scotland, we got the groove!


The persistence of class as Saudi elites find you can kill the poor, the masses, but you dare not kill ‘one of us’


© Martin Rowson

‘Here’s the smell of blood still. Not all the sweet perfumes of Arabia will sweeten this hand’

(Lady Macbeth)

The Saudi elites have been killing and killing, unconstrained by Western objections, for centuries. They have recently killed thousands of Yemeni men, women and children using UK and US weapons and even guided by UK ‘technicians’ on the ground. They daily, flog, stone or decapitate, ‘adulterous’ women. They even crucify. Liberal critics in the West write passionately and critically but nothing ever happens.

Suddenly, however, after they kill a journalist employed by the Washington Post and who is a member of one of Saudi Arabia’s aristocratic families, a bloodline in the sand has been crossed. Last night on Newsnight, we heard it described as the ‘gravest’ development and as a ‘nadir’ in Western relationships with the Kingdom. Thousands of ordinary people dead yet the killing of a single journalist is the worst, the lowest point?

Why do the members of our media elite think this?

In the second half of the 20th Century, under the umbrella term ‘post-modernism’, old Marxist certainties, about the centrality of the economy in determining group identification and loyalties, were questioned. We heard, even, that the too-simple concept, class, had been replaced by more complex ideas based on cultural preferences and the proliferation of multiple collective identities and loyalties that could not be linked clearly to political actions aimed at removing inequality. I agree that old-school Marxist politics had often become too simple and too rigid to be useful as a basis for thought or for action but there are times when things become all-too-simple again and this is one of them.

There are still two classes, though the edges of their cluster territories are blurred and shifting, as some individuals move into and out of elite groups. No more than 1% of the world’s population are in the cluster of interlocking elites, with people like Trump, the UK royals and our Tory leaders, well into the centre of them. People like me, when I was a working professor, sometimes flying to conferences and with a media profile, but in a low-status institution, might have been just inside one or more of the clusters – those of media, and education but not those of politics, industry, commerce, entertainment or religion. If I’d been assassinated in a misjudged attack, the killer might have crossed a line. If Alex Salmond were to be taken out by the same assassin, that would be well-over the line and a major mistake by the elites but if a busload of unemployed people demonstrating for Scottish independence had been taken out in a flawed attempt to merely frighten them, a cover-up perhaps blaming the driver, would be constructed and no action would have been needed within elite groups.

Even when this kind of event happens, however, the interests of elite clusters will come before those of one of their members. Watch for the ‘cleaning’ as those close to the Crown Prince pay the price for him and, in time, all returns to bloody normal. As I write, the arrests have already begun.


SNP make second visit to Arctic Circle Assembly as part of post-Brexit strategy to save Scotland. Loyalist parties and media CGAF?


I’ve reported on many earlier initiatives at:

Scotland moves closer to the Arctic Circle

Scottish Government pushes on past 200 initiatives to counter Tory Brexit damage


‘External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop will reaffirm Scotland’s commitment to growing links between Scotland and the Arctic at a global conference in Iceland. The Cabinet Secretary is sharing a platform with senior representatives of governments, business and academia from around the world at the latest Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik. During her speech Ms Hyslop will discuss progress that has been made on the Scottish Government’s Arctic Strategy, and the themes already developing where Scotland has a distinct contribution to make. These include climate change and the environment; the geopolitical relationship of Scotland to the region; academic and research collaboration; economic opportunities; and the links between remote communities in Scotland and those in the high north.’

Full report at:


You have to wonder how the SNP maintain their lead over the others. Mind you, you also have to wonder why its not even bigger. Could BBC Scotland News be a factor?