My new website

The headline is a bit of a giveaway. I am delighted to announce my new website,

I hope you will find the experience of visiting the site more enjoyable now that I have upgraded to a more user friendly and feature rich platform.

When I started the blog in October last year, I thought I might write one or two blogs and get everything off of my chest and out of my head.

I am sure other bloggers could tell you the same, this blogging malarkey can become an addictive, all consuming beast that demands more and more attention, that is exactly what has happened to me and to be able to continue, a bigger and better site was necessary.

The old site was a perfect match for my original plan of just a few blogs to sate my need to scream out in frustration at the governance of my beloved Scotland.

The first few blogs got a few hundred hits, amazingly now we are into the thousands and the first site is just not up to how I now want the blog to develop.

A few months into my blogging I was approached by to do what has become Through A Scottish Prism, my weekly rant about the happenings that truly affect Scotland and our determination to see an independent Scotland rejoin the other nations of the world.

This was quickly followed by the Sunday Interview Show which has captured the imagination of a lot of you and we are very hopeful over time that the audience will grow and grow.

To assist that I needed a platform that would allow me to imbed videos and other plug ins that were just not possible in the original site.

This is all only possible due to the generosity of a couple of my faithful band of readers who thought the site worthy of a donation which has enabled me to afford this upgrade.

The scandal that is the UK State Pension does not cater for such luxuries as decent web hosting, so my thanks to those of you that felt my haverings were worthy of your support.

I have a few surprises in store and I hope you will enjoy these over the coming weeks and months, including some terrific Sunday Interview guests as well as some extra midweek features including a series of interviews with all of the SNP Deputy Leadership Candidates.

My next task will be to upgrade the recording equipment I know some of you have expressed some concerns over background noise in some of our recordings.

I would just like to point out these interviews are not made in a state of the art studio with top of the range equipment, they are in reality made remotely, however I am conscious of your comments and will try to improve the quality of my recordings as much as is possible.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you all for the support, to the original blog, the podcasts and comments from you, it has all been much appreciated.

Please keep reading listening, sharing and most importantly commenting so I know I am writing and broadcasting useful information for you and our cause.

Any feedback on the new site will be appreciated as with these things we might have a few gremlins to begin with.

A special thanks to Jabberwocky my technical guru, broadcast editor and sounding board without him I would not have been able to do any of this.

We are starting without you!

Shortly after the HOOP gathering at Holyrood I suggested that there was a feeling that the campaign for the Independence Referendum had begun.

A couple of weeks on and Independence Referendum is the only subject on social media, in fact you could say it is the talk of the steamie.

There are countless tweets, facebook posts and blogs on this very matter, and yes here is another one on that exact same subject.

The only certainty is that there will be an Independence Referendum, it just leaves one question to be answered, when will that referendum happen.

I have made my position quite clear all along, I favour autumn this year for the simple reason that our biggest asset is our grassroots and they are better deployed through a summer campaign rather than in the depths of winter.

We also cannot wait till Autumn 2019 because by that time the power grab will be in full swing and for all we know Westminster may have neutered Holyrood so much our right to call and hold a referendum could well be gone.

Our EU friends and neighbours they too may well decide that after March 2019 and Brexit they do not want to remain in a UK that is just a bitter Little England haven from John O’Groats to Lands End and they may return home and we will have lost a huge voting bloc.

The Unionists, unlike the Yes Movement, has no grass roots and again will fight their campaign through the foreign owned and controlled media and broadcasters.

They do not care when it is fought, there are no temperature or daylight issues in a television studio or in a newspaper propaganda office.

This will of course be fronted up by London collaborators and apologists who for baubles and cash will relay Project Fear the sequel to the Scottish electorate.

The Neanderthals, the bigots, the extreme right wingers will lap that up as always.

Those suffering Stockholm Syndrome will be in ecstasy as Scotland is trashed and demeaned by the forces of the ruling British elite.

We had an example of that last week during the Chancellors review of his OBR growth numbers for the UK he revised his predictions downwards for Scotland and the 13 ‘Scottish’ Tory MPs cheered and laughed at the news that Scotland would suffer some more hardship.

At the moment we can only sit and watch as the Unionists fight the referendum campaign and we do very little in the way of retaliation.

Let us be quite clear the Unionists have been fighting this inevitable referendum ever since May 2015 when the SNP landslide happened.

They knew then they were living on borrowed time and they began their fight back early.

It would take another entire different blog, however suffice to say I believe when we had 56 MPs and the 1 Tory MP rejected our every single 100+ amendments to the Scotland Bill that was our time to withdraw our MPs from Westminster and call the referendum that same day.

However, we are, where we are today and we need to deal with today’s realities.

One of the arguments against calling the referendum now is that Nicola said she would not make a decision on calling a referendum until such times as the full details of Brexit were known.

What we do know today is irrespective of the final negotiations every single person in Scotland will suffer.

The numbers being bandied about vary from £1,200 to £6,500pa per head for every single person in the land.

To put things into context the financial crash in 2008 caused a 2% drop in our GDP, estimates on Brexit suggest that with a Hard Brexit the hit will be 8% on our GDP!!!

These figures are agreed by both the Scottish and UK Governments in their respective impact assessments.

The very same impact assessments that UK Government said they had done, then denied they had done, then admitted they had done, however they were not making them public.

They only allowed MSPs and MPs to read them in private rooms while supervised by British Government goons.

Before being allowed to read the documents they had to sign a declaration that they would not repeat outside to the general public or media anything they read.

One of the conditions was that they had to hand over their mobile phones so they could not photograph any of the information contained in the documents.

It does not take a genius to work out that the reason the UK Government went to such lengths and told so many lies about the impact studies is obvious, the papers confirm Brexit is going to be a financial Armageddon for all but the ruling elite and their very wealthy chums.

This means our FM already knows the details and does not need to wait to see the outcome.

As children we are given all sorts of vaccinations to protect us from known diseases like polio, diphtheria, etc. doctors do not wait till we are suffering the symptoms they knew would happen, they protect us against it before any disease can hurt us.

Preventative medicine is the best kind of medicine and now that our FM knows the effects that will follow Brexit it is no time to play by Westminster Queensbury Rules.

You have the political vaccination, it is time to administer it before we are too sick to defend ourselves.

In the meantime we cannot wait for the official starting gun we need to be campaigning now!!

We need to assume it will happen in the autumn of this year those that say the legislation cannot be enacted in time refer them to the Scottish Government’s Repeal Bill, when there is a will, etc.

When some tell you, we need to have all our policies ready on currency, EU, pensions, etc tell them they are talking nonsense.

Elections, Referendums are never won by policies they are won by feeling, mood and narrative we have to control those and we do it in several ways firstly highlighting the paucity of the British Union .

Make them justify their British Union, remember the 3 things question?

Elections are about Sales & Marketing, not policies, policies are for the anoraks the chattering classes and the commentators.

Can anyone remember any policies that won Brexit?

However I bet you all remember the two slogans which won it, one on the side of a big red bus £350,000,000 and the other phrase ‘Take back control’

Trump won in USA on two slogans “Lock her up” and Make America great again”

In Scotland in 2007 who remembers a policy promise?

Not many, but we all remember It’s time, it’s time for the SNP.

Here are a couple of facts, no matter when Nicola calls the referendum, no matter how good the reasons behind it the Unionists and their collaborators in the media will still squeal like pigs and shout unfair, unnecessary, stick to the day job.

They will quote back her words, they will mention Alex Salmond and his “once in a generation”

FFS only last week we had SLAB banging on about the end of Callaghan’s Government in 1979 and they are still trying to pin that on 11 SNP MPs outvoting the other 650 British MPs.

No matter what currency we suggest they will rubbish it, no matter if we say EU or EFTA they will rubbish it, when we say a triple lock on pensions, they will rubbish it.

Therefore set those fears aside and concentrate on campaigning and creating the mood and the inevitability of Independence.

If we start the fight and fight hard enough and effective enough even if they maybe want to wait a little while longer we can force the Scottish Government that they have to join in the fight in our timescales not theirs.

The FM and the SNP have always said it is not up to politicians in Holyrood or Westminster to decide when we have the Referendum they have always said it is up to the people of Scotland to decide when is the correct time for the referendum.

Therefore let us hold them to that and I suggest we tell them we want it this autumn.

We do that by flooding the streets, social media, phone ins, letters to the editor,letters and emails to our SNP MSPs and MPs and by giving our alternative media as much assistance as we can.

Saor Alba gu Brath.

You pay them so they can lie to you.

Late last month the BBC implemented their new initiative to fund journalists for failing newspapers throughout the land.

It coincides with them raising the Licence Fee by £3.50 per household in UK.

When I say the BBC are funding this I, of course meant you, the licence fee payer are funding this.

They will spend around £8 million pa of your money so that not only can the BBC project British State propaganda into your living room 24×7 the right wing press can continue the usual stories of SNP Bad, Independence not normal, Britannia brilliant, eat your cereal and get up the back of the bus and shut up.

You really do have to doff your cap to the effrontery of the Unionist propaganda.

They actually increase the state propaganda and get the mugs like you to pay for it, meanwhile the British ruling elite continue to rape and pillage the state purse, avoid paying their fair share in taxes and the vast majority of people in this country say and do nothing.

Just last week after FMQ the Reporting Scotland team decided to broadcast one of their most blatant lies yet, wrongly accusing the FM of suggesting all Brexit voters legacy would be the oncoming tragedy that is Brexit.

All of us that listened and watched know full well the FM said no such thing and her attack was 100% at the Tories and their legacy.

However, that did not stop Jackie Bird distorting the truth and telling a whopper.

To the best of my knowledge, there has been no apology, no correction and the lie stays.

In several months a statement will no doubt be posted in an obscure part of the BBC website with an almost apology that will most likely be couched in words that will make the SNP at fault for the lie.

Here is the rub in all this, Jackie Bird is paid a salary that would not be amiss in any English Premier League Football team.

She has a plethora of flunkeys to apply her make up, advise her on her wardrobe, cameramen, sound engineers, lighting guys, a producer, a director, researchers, the best of equipment money can buy, a state of the art studio all soundproofed, built so that when she is lying and denying you hear and see it loud and clear.

The same for the nonsense that spews out of Radio Scotland from Gary Robertson, Kaye Adams et al.

They have the most modern equipment on the planet assistants, advisers, researchers, producers the full gambit, it makes it easier for them to spread the British message.

The same can be said of all the equipment and flunkeys over at STV only difference you don’t pay a tax for that you do instead let them sell you goods through their advertising.

Same lack of unbiased reporting only slightly more palatable because you don’t pay a tax to watch it.

The FMQ distortion got a lot of you up in arms and you took to your social media in very angry mode.

Your anger was justified, however your solution was the same one always deployed when this happens and I am sorry to say it is totally useless option to the problem.

The SNP need to do something about this!


What exactly should they do?

Well according to the vast majority of you they should employ, at one can only imagine huge cost to the Party, a load of rebutters.

This team is then meant to challenge immediately all the lies of the entire British Establishment and stop it in its tracks.

Those of you that have bothered to complain to the BBC over the years on their many lies and distortions will know just how long, tedious and pointless an exercise this always turns out to be.

When the BBC eventually get around to responding to your complaint it is always with the same outcome, they acknowledge your complaint, you are wrong, their coverage was both accurate and fair.

Should you dare to disagree there is an ‘appeal route’ this will take several months longer and even if you are successful it will be a Pyrrhic victory, the world will have moved on and hardly anyone will remember the original complaint however their lie will have done its job.

Imagine this if you will, the Daily Mail, Express, Scotsman, Record, Sun, Telegraph, print some of their usual lies, smears and distortions, the rebuttal team leap into action and immediately send a brilliantly crafted rebuttal which within a few seconds compliments of the Ethernet arrives at the offices of the said right wing gutter press editors office.

In less time than it took that brilliantly crafted rebuttal to arrive it will be deleted, ignored and binned.

Meantime the SNP are paying huge salaries for a team that are completely ineffectual, that is not a good use of resource.

At this juncture I have to declare an interest, some if you will know I do a couple of podcast shows for TSTV.

It should come as no surprise to know I do not receive a Premier Footballer’s salary to do these shows.

All my guests are interviewed asking and expecting no fee.

There are no flunkeys, no researchers, no advisors, no modern state of the art equipment me, my aging laptop and a cheap software, so cheap it was free, Skype, an inexpensive headset and Bobs your uncle.

Then the magic begins I record my Saturday Show or do The Sunday Interview in its very raw and inexpensive manner I then send it to another devoted unpaid enthusiast John, who edits it for me and takes out the real rubbish, coughs sneezes etc and sends it back to me to forward on to the real hero in all this, Alex at TSTV.

Alex was the man that put all this together, not to become rich or famous, he did it to help our country become independent.

Alex is trying to give you an alternative to the BBC, STV Propaganda, he doesn’t do it from a state of the art studio at Pacific Quay like those two giants.

He does it from his spare room, in his spare time, Alex unlike the obscenely paid at Pacific Quay, is an unpaid patriot that only wants his country to be free.

He didn’t start up this fabulous enterprise to become wealthy, he doesn’t take home a huge salary like Jackie Bird or Kaye Adams, instead he funds it all from his own pocket.

He does this for nothing it is the exact opposite of those paid to lie for London, Alex has to go to work every day as a joiner to make enough money to provide for his family and to fund TSTV so that you can have a rebuttal team, so that you can hear the Scottish point of view, not just the London point of view.

He gives you programs that inform you, it is to help you rebut the lies of Unionism, it lets you get information and knowledge the foreign owned and run broadcasters and MSM don’t want you to hear.

He does all this on a shoestring budget, Alex is a visionary he knows where he wants to take TSTV, he knows how to do it too, problem is he is not funded by a State Tax or by multi nationals wanting to advertise their products.

This is where you come in, you need to fund this vision, this source of information.

We can’t get the Unionist Media to be honest and give us an even playing field so we have to even it up a bit ourselves, nobody else is going to do it for us.

TSTV yesterday started a crowdfunder and in almost 18 hours,(as I write) it has raised the grand sum of $42 a month from 10 donors.

It is simple ladies and gentlemen if you want a rebuttal team, an alternative source to the Unionist Broadcasting Monopoly you are going to need to help Alex and others that are trying to make this a fair fight.

I know times are tough, I know lots of you donate to other equally worthwhile causes , however this too has a vital place in our struggle for Independence.

The recent figures show that TSTV gets 30,000 hits every week.

If they were all to give just £1 a month think what we could do to combat the lies and distortions of the Unionist Propaganda Machine.

Please try and help and once you have read this please share it to all your contacts we really need to make TSTV as good as it can be.

Saor Alba gu Brath.

Those that are unfamiliar, or not happy using Patreon then visit the site

there you will find all the usual other methods of making a payment.