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Issue 332 - 13th October 2006]
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In an effort to give a different
perspective on the SNP conference, a number of people have started their own 'blogs',
or online diaries. A few of the faces might be familiar to some of you,
including the one belonging to some chap from Edinburgh who's name temporarily
Anyway, for anyone interested in getting an insiders view of events as they
happen, here are the links:
I'm sure that more people will come forward as the week progresses. Keep your
browser pointed towards
www.snp.org for more details.
Rare Steaks and Sacred
I went out for dinner this week
in Stirling with some old friends from university and one of our old politics
lecturers. We usually get together about twice or three times a year to enjoy a
steak and chew the (political) fat, but this time our numbers were enhanced by
the presence of Russell Horn, who looks after the SNP's IT needs from 3,500
miles away at his new home in Virginia.
Russell and his wife Joanna recently became parents to a beautiful baby girl,
Eilidh. So while it's good to see him on one of his all too rare visits back to
Scotland, it's tinged with a wee bit of sadness that he's had to leave the
family behind this time. Still, the baby pics came out courtesy of his mobile
phone, so at least we got to see how Eilidh has grown since April.
was as lively as usual, with most of us fairly optimistic about the week to come
at the SNP Conference in Perth. Support for Independence is as high as ever,
though we agreed we'd like to see the party doing better in the polls than
it is currently. We also had a good laugh at the sour and bitter article which
Brian Wilson wrote in Scotland on Sunday
scratching our heads over what Professor James Mitchell had to say in the Sunday
Herald http://www.sundayherald.com/58396 .
Mitchell is one of the few commentators who doesn't carry a great deal of
anti-nationalist baggage around with him, which means that when he speaks, the
SNP usually listens. However, what puzzled us all was the passage in his article
where he stated that:
"The real challenge for the Nationalists will be in discontinuing policies long
sanctified because they are distinctly Scottish. Slaying a few sacred cows would
signify a confident nationalism. In particular, the SNP needs to identify
policies done better in England – not because they are English but because they
are best for Scotland".
If there's such a thing as 'New SNP', then it was well represented around our
table. I think all of us would subscribe to the view that policies should be
considered on their merits, rather than on where they originate. After all, just
because a policy originates in England doesn't automatically mean it is
wrong for Scotland, any more than it means it will be automatically right.
It's a view shared at the top of the party, which is why the SNP has been
looking at health policies like 'payment by results', as practiced in Norway.
It's also goes some way towards explaining why English foundation hospitals,
with their need to shed thousands of front line NHS staff to offset their
multi-billion pound debts, have not been considered.
policy makers have a fair bit to learn from England and vice versa. But the fact
that Scotland has 1/10th of the UK population on 1/3rd of the landmass, with a
sparse population outside the central belt and pockets of severe urban
deprivation alongside areas of great affluence, mean that the policies which
work for England won't always work for Scotland. While a lot of priorities north
and south of the border might be identical, it doesn't always follow that the
best means of delivering on those priorities will also be identical.
That simple statement of fact forms a key part of the case for self-government.
But while it might confound and infuriate someone like Brian Wilson were the SNP
to ostentatiously adopt an English health or education policy rejected by the
Scottish Executive, I reckon Scottish voters would see right through Mitchell's
suggested ploy and simply regard us as being a bunch of chancers.
The SNP needs to continue to build its credibility between now and May, which it
can do best by working towards a manifesto which chimes with Scottish needs and
aspirations. Advocating policies which stand on their own merits, regardless of
where they happen to come from, seems to me to be the best way to continue that
Killing a 'sacred cow' for the sake of it, while superficially attractive, would
mean adopting the worst excesses of Blairite spin just as the country is looking
for an alternative. I hope that this week we'll see the SNP leave the spinning
and posturing to Labour, and get on with putting the flesh on the bones of how
we hope to make Scotland a better place in which to live.
A Man of Straw
'Question Time' was starting on
BBC1 when I got back home last Thursday week. The first topic up was something
I'd missed earlier on, which was Jack Straw's call for Muslim women not to wear
veils to his surgeries, since in his view they were a 'visible statement of
separation and difference' .
thought was to wonder how he’d react if I had turned up wearing a kilt at his
surgery as a visible statement of my separation and difference, and whether I’d
have been asked to remove that to make him feel more comfortable. But instead of
getting a well-deserved kicking from the panel, I was shocked to hear a
pro-Straw consensus develop between 'Liberal' Democrat Shirley Williams, Private
Eye Editor Ian Hislop and Labour chairman Hazel Blears.
Rather than uphold the right of women to dress however they choose, they
essentially agreed that Straw was right to ask for a veil to be removed before
he dealt with a constituent. Very pointedly, no-one criticised his claim that
veils were a symbol of difference, or asked why this would be a problem even if
We are expected to see people like Blears and Williams as tolerant social
liberals. After all, they must be, because they keep telling us they are. But
the strongest sentiment the utterly vacuous Blears could muster was to call for
a ‘debate’ on the issue. It was instead left to the unlikely figure of Tory
Oliver Letwin to describe as "dangerous" the suggestion that women should not be
allowed to wear a veil even if they wanted to.
But by that time, the damage was done. Taking their cue, out sallied the hellish
legion of newly liberated racists in the audience, with a new-found
justification to vent their own putrid little prejudices against anyone daring
to be different:
“I’m not a racist, but…”, “The way things are going, we’re going to become a
Muslim country”, “We pander too much to these people”, and my personal
favourite, “It’s all political correctness gone mad”.
Great Britain - the most tolerant and inclusive country in the world? Sure,
provided you're white, don't have a funny accent, keep your head down and know
your place. If expressing disapproval of different cultures is what now
passes for tolerance and inclusiveness in the salons of New Labour, then as Sam
Goldwyn once said: 'Include me out'.
Endowed With Cheek
see that the Lib Dems are promising to get rid of the graduate endowment if they
form a government in Holyrood after next May.
So, seven years after they boldly told us that they'd scrapped tuition fees, now
they're promising to scrap them again! Surely this is just the kind of positive
thinking we need to help restore public faith in politicians...
There's a few marginal seats, particularly in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen,
where the student vote could help turf out a sitting Labour or Lib Dem MSP. I
really hope those MSPs, who benefited from a free
education themselves, get their comeuppance next May for pulling up that ladder
With the Scots Parliament now in
recess, news reaches a grateful nation that Glasgow Labour MSP and Minister for
Parliamentary Business, Margaret Curran, has embarked on a trip to New Zealand
to find out how minority administration works for the governing party there.
The thought occurs that if she’d wanted to find out how a minority Labour
administration manages parliamentary business, she could have saved a whole lot
of money and carbon emissions by jumping on a train to Cardiff instead. I’m sure
her Welsh Labour colleagues would have been delighted to explain how they’ve
managed to run things since their coalition with the Lib Dems fell apart.
EULOGY TO DOUGLAS HENDERSON
Fergus Ewing MSP – St Giles’
Cathedral, Edinburgh, 7th October 2006.
The Working Life of Linda
Click here to read SNP MSP Linda Fabiani's working diary.
SIR TOM FARMER MAKES £100,000 DONATION TO THE SNP
Sir Tom Farmer has made a donation of £100,000 to the Scottish National
Party. The leading Scottish businessman and entrepreneur Sir Tom Farmer has
responded to a request from SNP Leader, Alex Salmond for funding in the run
up to next year's Scottish election campaign.
"I am not a member of the Scottish National Party, but I listened to the
presentation made to me by Alex Salmond and his SNP Team and concluded there
should be a real open debate for the future of Scotland – this is important
as we come nearer to the May elections.
"I consider it would be an unhealthy situation if the SNP were not able to
actively campaign and participate in these debates. They should be on a
level financial playing field with that of other major political parties.
Responding to the donation from Sir Tom, SNP Leader Alex Salmond MP said:
"I am very grateful for Sir Tom's support. This is a tremendous boost for
the party and not just in financial terms.
"Sir Tom Farmer is one of the country's most respected and popular
businessmen. The fact that he sees merit both in our policy ideas, and in
the argument for independence, will be highly influential in the coming
"His business career and activities are an inspiration to many in Scotland.
The SNP are proud to have him as a supporter."
SALMOND PREPARES FOR GOVERNMENT BY
BEGINNING CIVIL SERVICE TALKS
SNP Leader Alex Salmond MP said he is meeting the head of the civil service
in Scotland next month in preparations for an SNP government following
confirmation from Sir John Elvidge, the Permanent Secretary at the Scottish
Executive. Previous discussions with the civil service took place later in
the electoral cycle.
"The SNP are working hard and preparing for government, putting forward our
ideas on how to take Scotland forward. Next May we want to hit the ground
running which is why we are beginning talks next month with the civil
"We want to see a smooth transition next year from the current Labour and
Lib Dem Executive which has clearly run out of ideas to an effective SNP led
"I am determined to deliver early benefits for Scots so that our parliament
and government in Edinburgh begins to earn the respect and support of the
people of our country.
"Over the next few days, weeks and months we will be publishing detailed
proposals on how an SNP government will operate and it is important that the
civil service are fully prepared to take these initiatives forward.
"For example, we will be looking to streamline and strengthen the way
government in Scotland operates, with fewer resources wasted on bureaucracy
and more directed towards the communities where the money can actually begin
to make a difference.
"I'm very positive about the dedication of the public servants but we have
to have organisations that are fit for the purpose.
"The issue extends beyond the Executive. It is equally important that we
know why, when some of Scotland's most successful companies with turnovers
in the billions and working in dozens of markets around the world can
operate with a headquarters in Scotland of say around 30 people, Scottish
Enterprise has 700 in its head office.
"Our proposals will begin the process of energising Scotland and I hope
finally deliver on the promise of the Scottish Parliament."
SLÀINTE! SNP TOASTS EU RECOGNITION FOR
SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP was today celebrating a vote in the European
Parliament which paves the way to giving "uisge beatha Albannach" - Scotch
whisky in Gaelic - full recognition in EU law.
The vote was on new European legislation relating to the labelling
requirements for alcohol spirits. EU legislation gives recognition to
certain quality spirit drinks such as Scotch whisky and protects the name
Scotch from foreign imitations. Today's vote extends that protection to "uisge
beatha Albannach" - bringing Scotch into line with the situation already
existing in relation to Irish whiskey.
after the vote, Mr Hudghton commented:
"Glasses can be raised from Brussels to Benbecula tonight to celebrate this
symbolic victory in the European Parliament. Scotland's proud whisky making
heritage has long been recognised across Europe - and now some recognition
has been given to our nation's linguistic heritage too.
"A number of whisky brands already bottle their product with Gaelic labels,
so it's only right that 'uisge beatha Albannach' should be given the same
legal protection as is afforded to the words 'Scotch whisky'.
Ireland's distillers have for some time had legal protection for their
whiskey in the Irish language, and so Scottish Gaelic can now be brought
"I'm hoping to meet with representatives from the whisky industry to discuss
practical issues which may arise from the European Parliament vote. In the
meantime, we can enjoy a few toasts ahead of this month's National Mod.
"Robert Burns famously wrote that 'freedom and whisky gang the gither'.
It's only appropriate therefore that we should have the freedom to enjoy
Scotland's national drink - together with Scotland's national languages".
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Birth of James VII, King of Scots, (II of England0, second son of King
Charles I. He succeeded to the thrones on 5 February 1685 on the death
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James Francis Edward Keith, Marshal Keith, Prussian Field Marshal, was
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under foreign colours.
There were fresh demands for boxing to be banned after the Scottish
bantamweight champion, James Murray, died in hospital from injuries he
received in a British title fight in Glasgow two days earlier.
The execution of the Auchterless murderer James Robb was the first to be
carried out by the London hangman William Culcraft in Aberdeen. Robb was
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Death of legendary English footballer Johnny Hayes in the Edinburgh
Royal Infirmary following a car accident. He won 56 caps for England, 22
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1963, in which Haynes scored twice. He settled in Edinburgh in 1985 and
helped run a dry cleaning business with his partner Avril who he married
flyweight Tancy Lee became the first Scot to win a European title when
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Scott Harrison overpowered Julio Pablo Chacon, at the Braehead Arena, to
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See Dates in History in our
I like to have quotations ready for every occasions - they
give one's ideas so pat and save one the trouble of finding
expression adequate to one's feeling.
We continue our new Feature in this section
of the Flag - Scottish Quotations - statements in prose and verse
which reflect all aspects of Scottish life and outlook
the 13th century to the present day.
quotes added every week. The
quotations are not restricted to native Scots but include observations
from abroad which help us, in the words of our National Bard, Robert
Burns, "To see oursels as others see us"
In the wake of Scotland’s unexpected 1-0 victory over World Cup
runners-up France at Hampden on Saturday (7 October 2006), the
quotations this week all revolve the sport dearest to Scottish
hearts – Football.
gods kicking a world about
The players flail at the ball.
Their brains are in their feet,
Their single mind is fixed on goal.
Yet ‘Epilogue’ 1978)
(Tommy) Henderson Docherty
a great victory, a fantastic result. But if you’re asking what was
Scotland’s greatest-ever victory, it has to be the 3-2 win at
Wembley in 1967 when Jim Baxter absolutely dominated the game.
England were the world champions then and were playing at home,
whereas France were playing away and are World Cup runners-up. Our
biggest problem now is getting carried away.
(Commenting on Scotland’s unexpected 1-0 victory against World Cup
runners-up France on 7 October 2006)
Crosshill was a respectable [Glasgow] suburb, but there were vacant
lots scattered about it. Chance scraps of waste ground where the
last blade of grass had died, so that in dry weather they were as
hard as lava, and in wet weather a welter of mud. On these lots
teams from the slum quarters of the south side played every Saturday
afternoon with great skill and savage ferocity. Fouls were a matter
of course, and each game turned into a complicated feud in which the
ball itself was merely a means to an end which had no connexion with
the game. Some of the teams had boxers among their supporters; these
men stood bristling on the touchline and shouted intimidations at
the opposing players.
(Bill) Shankly (1913-1981)
people think football is a matter of life and death. I’m very
disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much
more important than that.
Scottish Quotations in our Features Section
A SANG AT LEAST
(compiled by Peter D Wright)
"That I for poor auld
Some useful plan or book could make
Or sing a sang at least ........"
- Robert Burns
THREE NICHTS AND A SUNDAY
Three nights and a Sunday double time,
Three nights and a Sunday double time.
I work aw day and I work aw night,
Tae hell wi; you jack, I’m all right;
Three nights and a Sunday double time.
There’s a fella doon the road I avoid,
He’s wan o’ them they call the unemployed.
He says it’s all because of me,
He canny get a a job and I’ve got three.
Three nights and a Sunday double time
The wife came tae the work the ither day.
Says she “We’ve anither wee one on the way.”
Says I “No wonder you can laugh,
I’ve no’ been hame for a year and a half.”
Three nights and a Sunday double time.
I never miss the pub on a Friday night.
And there you’ll always find me gay and bright.
You’ll see me down at the Old Bay Horse,
I’m a weekend waiter there of course.
Three nights and a Sunday double time.
There’s some will head for heaven when they die,
Tae find a Dunlopillo in the sky.
But I’ll be going to the ither place,
For an idle life I couldny face.
Three nights and a Sunday double time.
The late Matt McGinn, singer, entertainer, actor, teacher, political
activist and great songwriter, enriched the Scottish Folk Revival with
many fine songs which mixed humour with social commentary. In the late
60s he was on the verge of being adopted as the Scottish National Party
prospective parliamentary candidate for Rutherglen but the hie-heids
warna fir it! This is one of his many songs which are still doing the
SING A SANG AT LEAST in our
For your next
Compiled by Peter D Wright
It is never to
early to plan ahead for your next, or indeed first, Burns Supper, and
the intention of this new feature is to give you a ready accessible
collection of the National Bard’s material for the 25th of
January each year. Over the next few months we will give you a variety
of items by Robert Burns, which should prove useful to you.
Interest in the
life and work of Robert Burns has never faltered and, indeed, as we now
approach the 250th anniversary of his birth in 2009, this
should grow apace. He holds a special place in the hearts of his
countrymen and his appeal spans the continents. A genius, he spoke for
his people and captured their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows,
in poetry and song. The Flag collection will reflect this.
we continue with a song of good companionship and conviviality which
celebrates an evening spent by Robert Burns and Allan Masterton with
William Nicol – ‘Willie Brew’d A Peck O’ Maut’; the words were written
by Burns in 1789 to an air by Masterton to commemorate what had been a
byous nicht. This week’s poem ‘To A Mountain Daisy’ was composed in
April 1786 and was originally transcribed under the title ‘The Gowan’ to
his friend John Kennedy. Of the poem Robert Burns wrote to him on 20
April 1786 – “I have here enclosed a small piece, the very latest of my
productions: I am a good deal pleased with some of the sentiments
myself, as they are just the native querulous feelings of a heart which
‘melancholy has marked for her own.’“ The statue of Robert Burns which
stands on Union Terrace, Aberdeen, shows our National Bard holding a
WILLIE BREW’D A PECK O’ MAUT
Willie brew’d a peck o’ maut,
And Rob and Allan cam to prie;
Three blyther hearts that lee-lang night
Ye wad na found in Christendie.
We are no fou, we’re nae that fou,
But just a drappie in our e’e,
The cock may craw, the day may daw,
And aye we’ll taste the barley bree.
Here are we met, three merry boys,
Three merry boys I trow are we;
And mony a night we’ve merry been,
And mony mae we hope to be!
is the moon, I kent her horn,
That’s blinkin’ in the lift sae hie;
She shines sae bright to wyle us hame,
But, by my sooth, she’ll wait a wee!
Wha first shall rise to gang awa’,
A cuckold, coward loun is he!
Wha last beside his chair shall fa’,
He is the king amang us three!
TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY
Click here to listen
to this in RealAudio read by Marilyn P Wright
On turning down with the
Plough, in April, 1786.
Wee, modest crimson-tipped flow'r,
Thou's met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure
Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is past my pow'r,
Thou bonie gem.
Alas! it's no thy neibor sweet,
The bonie lark, companion meet,
Bending thee 'mang the dewy weet,
Wi' spreckl'd breast!
When upward-springing, blythe, to greet
The purpling east.
Cauld blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth;
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth
Amid the storm,
Scarce rear'd above the parent-earth
Thy tender form.
The flaunting flow'rs our gardens yield,
High shelt'ring woods and wa's maun shield;
But thou, beneath the random bield
O' clod or stane,
Adorns the histie stibble field,
There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawie bosom sun-ward spread,
Thou lifts thy unassuming head
In humble guise;
But now the share uptears thy bed,
And low thou lies!
Such is the fate of artless maid,
Sweet flow'ret of the rural shade!
By love's simplicity betray'd,
And guileless trust;
Till she, like thee, all soil'd, is laid
Low i' the dust.
Such is the fate of simple bard,
On life's rough ocean luckless starr'd!
Unskilful he to note the card
Of prudent lore,
Till billows rage, and gales blow hard,
And whelm him o'er!
Such fate to suffering worth is giv'n,
Who long with wants and woes has striv'n,
By human pride or cunning driv'n
To mis'ry's brink;
Till wrench'd of ev'ry stay but Heav'n,
He, ruin'd, sink!
Ev'n thou who mourn'st the Daisy's fate,
That fate is thine-no distant date;
Stern Ruin's plough-share drives elate,
Full on thy bloom,
Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight,
Shall be thy doom!
Burns Collection in our
FOOD, TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS
just as the Annual National Conference of the Scottish National Party
finishes in Perth, the Gaelic language comes into its own as the 103rd
Royal National Mod opens in Dunoon. From today (Friday 13 October 2006)
the Cowal peninsula will resound to the sound of Gaelic until Saturday
21 October, as Gaels, young and old, enjoy what is Scotland’s second
Gaidhealach was formed in 1891 to promote the use and teaching of Gaelic
and held its first Mod in Oban the following year. Now the Royal
National Mod, it is the Scotland’s premier festival of the Gaelic
language, arts and culture, and is held annually in October at different
venues throughout Scotland. Next year the Mod goes to Lochaber where
Fort William will host the event from the 12th to 20th
October and in 2008 it will move to the Central Belt where Falkirk will
be the Gaels destination from the 10tth to 18th October. The
Mod is competition-based festival which celebrates the Gaelic language
through music, dance, arts and literature. The Children’s competitions,
in particular, attract great attention, and are obviously much enjoyed
by the young Gaels taking part.
will be on a far greater scale than its 1892 counterpart which was
restricted to a one day event and like all modern festivals, The Mod has
its own fringe! Visit
www.the-mod.co.uk for details of all activities at Dunoon.
unfair commentators dismiss The Mod as the ‘Whisky Olympics’ and while
it is true that a dram or two will oil the success of the event, there
is much more to The Mod and Gaeldom would be much the poorer without its
showcase. The annual Mod acts as a reminder of our Gaelic heritage and
acts as a visible reminder to all Scots of the important part Gaelic
still plays in Scottish life and what it means to be Scottish. The
recent opening of the new Gaelic school in Glasgow, which takes pupils
from nursery school right through to secondary shows that Gaelic is not
yet, thankfully, a dead language.
does play a part in this week’s recipe as you can enjoy a taste of
Gaelic in Gaelic Coffee.
Ingredients: 3 dessertspoons Scotch Whisky; 1 level dessertspoon
light brown sugar; fresh, strong coffee; double cream
Heat a stemmed wine glass with hot water and dry quickly. Add the Whisky
and stir in the sugar. Pour in the coffee, leaving an inch below the
rim. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved and pour in the cream
over the back of a teaspoon so that it floats on the surface to the
depth of about half an inch. Enjoy.
A KIST O
A Keek at the Guid Scots
By Peter & Marilyn Wright
(Note: All words underlined in
this section are RealAudio links)
intend; conjecture; expect; attempt
a beating; a drubbing; a thrashing; punishment
Wee Davie Daylicht
Keeks o'er the sea
Early in the morning
Wi' a clear ee;
Waukens a' the birdies
That were sleepin soun' -
Wee Davie Daylicht
Is nae lazy loon.
by J Smith
here to listen to this in Real Audio read by Marilyn P Wright
Toddlin' out an' in :
Oh but she's a cuttie,
Makin' a sair din !
Aye sae fou' o' mischief,
An' minds na what I say :
My verra heart gangs loup, loup,
Fifty times a-day !
Wee Joukydaidles -
Where's the stumpie noo ?
She's peepin' thro' the cruivie,
An' lauchin' to the soo !
Noo she sees my angry e'e,
An' aff she's like a hare !
Lassie, when I get ye,
I'll scud ye till I'm sair !
Wee Joukydaidles -
Noo she's breakin' dishes -
Noo she's soakit i' the burn,
Catchin' little fishes -
Noo she's i' the barn-yard,
Playin' wi' the fouls ;
Feedin' them wi' butter-bakes,
Snaps, an' sugar-bools.
Wee Joukydaidles -
Oh, my heart it's broke !
She's torn my braw new wincey
To mak' a dolly's frock -
There's the goblet owre the fire !
The jaud ! she weel may rin !
No a tattie ready yet,
An' faither comin' in !
Wee Joukydaidles -
Where's the smoukie noo !
She's hidin' i' the coal-hole
Cryin' "Keekyboo !" -
Noo she's at the fireside,
Pu'in' pussy's tail -
Noo she's at the broun bowl,
Suppin' a' the kail !
Wee Joukydaidles -
Paidlin' i' the shower -
There she's at the windy !
Haud her, or she's owre !
Noo she's slippit frae my sicht :
Where's the wean at last ?
In the byre amang the kye,
Sleepin', soun' an' fast.
Two Won't Do
A Sunday School teacher asked her class how
they thought Noah might have spent his time in the ark, when there was
no response, she asked "Do you suppose he did a lot of fishing?"
"Whit" piped up a little six-year-old
"wi anlie twa worms."
Click here to listen to this joke
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Each week we add three new notable dates in history building this into an historic
timeline for Scottish history.
Lots more stories, recipes, historical articles and even whole books are added here on a
The Oliver Brown Award
An annual award given to an outstanding Scot(s) each year. Also included picture
galleries from the annual lunch.
THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY
The Scots Independent Newspaper is independent of the
Scottish National Party, but we support the Party in its drive for
Independence; while space precludes us commenting on all the issues raised
by the 27 MSPs, 5 MPS and 2 MEPs, also
the Party Office Bearers, we have provided a link to the
THE FLAG IN THE WIND
The above was the title of a book written in the early Fifties by John
MacDonald MacCormick, one of the founder members of the Scottish National Party in 1934.
The sub-title was "The Story of the National Movement in Scotland". His comment
in the book said "It is perhaps in the symbols which men use that their deepest
sentiments are most readily expressed. Flags as well as straws show which way the wind is
blowing". A fuller account appears under
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