Smarmy Arab

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Smarmy Arab last won the day on September 14 2017

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  1. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    Nat Onal is on the mast head. So you are proposing a model along the lines of Ireland, (as is the Growth Commission) . Low tax tiger economy.....now who is the Tory! Serious question, is the GC an effort to convince those on the right wing of scottish politics that an Indy Scotland would mean a massive shrinking of the welfare state and new bare-knuckle neo liberal tax haven....like...er..... Ireland? To present an argument that this constitutional debate is a choice of nationalisms would make a Jesuit blush.....only a nationalist would even begin to make such a binary self referential, reductionist case. I will tell you again, 'unionist' is a position I arrive at, having examined the evidence, not a position I start from, that is NOT A NATIONALIST position, it is a pragmatic position. The problem (one of them!) With nationalist politics is it begins every discussion with a conclusion, then the work back....the GC is exactly that....if you want Indy this is the cost. (A welcome addition to the debate, as it at least acknowledges the deficit and dangers of over reliance on a volatile resource.)
  2. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    RE The Nat Onal, there are a number problems with this publication. Firstly it is only a 'newspaper' in the sense that the Socialist Worker is a newspaper, it is in reality a propaganda sheet for the SNP. Secondly the journalistic quality is akin to the Daily Express, regardless of its political view point this hardly 'changing the landscape of Scottish journalism' as the claimed at their launch......all they have really achieved is dropping more turds on an already stained landscape. Even a cursory glance at the comments section should horrify anyone who cares about our political discourse.....blood and soil nationalism in all its vainglority. It's initial print run was over 60k, it is now well below 10k, an echo chamber if ever I saw one.....disappearing up itself rapidly.
  3. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    Tory? You know perfectly well I have been a member of the Labour Party for the best part of 3 decades. Try as you might you cannot equate every No voter as a Tory. Since the SNP lost their heartlands to the Tories they now rely upon west central Scotland for their votes.....hence they must harvest the (understandable) anti tory vote since deindustrialisation You still fail to appreciate the many people who can see past emotional nationalism and are comfortable with the connections across these islands,.......that being part of the 5th largest economy on the planet, with a high degree of autonomy and continued shared institutions is a perfectly reasonable position to take. 2Js is schooling you to that effect and shrieking 'unionist' or 'Tory' in a shrill tone, at anyone who askes a question shows how far you (and your movement) are from winning the argument among reasonable people who are unconvinced by indy.
  4. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    Nicola Sturgeon et al. Could not give 2 f*cks about what is 'good' for Scotland, they would have us living in tents....so long as we are 'independent'.......emotional drivel! The appointment of Blackford shows the way they are going.....no more persuasion just use their political position to cause as much damage as possible. They are a f*cking disgrace.
  5. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    I guess uou are talking about 'political correctness'. Any atempt to police language is problematic, but i thing much of the criticism of PC is hysterical. Language is powerful and has consequences, ergo I have no problem with analysing the language we use and assess the social consequences of racist, sexist or homophobic discourses bequeathed to us from a less enlightened age of slavery and empire. This generation have never had more freedom of speech, if you are telling me western civilisation is under threat because 'you can"t say n***** or p***' anymore I would suggest you are in need of a reset.
  6. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    I would absolutely accept lies on both sides, but there were some whoppers central to Salmond's case, not least of which........Yes told us we would better off, they lied. The No campaign told us a Yes victory would unleash a generation if austerity......the SNP after 2 years of reseach now admit this is a certainty.....project fear? The SNP also know their prospectus will be a hard sell this time....hence their antics last week, they have lost the argument and are now a wrecking ball....on the outside of the tent p*ssing in barely begins to describe their current demeanour. Edit...i am not accusing you personally of anything, i am merely observing nationalist populism and how it rolls.
  7. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    Exactly my point Kyle....nationalism does the work of the right.......always. The GC released last week has let the cat out the bag, not only were the Yes campaign cavalier with the facts in 2014, they now admit independence will inevitably involve a hand-break turn to the right, a generation of austerity, an eye watering squeeze of the public state provision in countless fields, currency chaos........but to their followers so what?......we will be free! No longer is the debate about how best to provide, thrive and survive, it becomes an invidious cocophony about flags, identity and how awful 'they' (English/toareez/Unionists) are!
  8. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    'Unfortunately many of these questions are not able to be asked at the moment, due to a well coordinated leftist narrative, and more worryingly, a pretty significant erosion of freedom and expression that I see in action already.' Not sure what you mean by this Herts.
  9. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    Some reasonable points here Kyle, it is of course a democracy and yes political engagement is a good thing, however when I take a step back and look at what is happening.......... I can remember when Quebec was the go to scenario for the Scottish Nationalists, for good reason there are a number of similarities. By the late 20th century the Quebec Nationalist party were polling in the 40's and had gained control of the political apparatus, but they could not quite gain the required majority for 'independence'. They used their political position to centralise and politicise everything they could, particularly in the field of language and culture. (sound familiar?) Try as they might, they could not convince the majority that partition of Canada, tearing Quebec from a large diverse democratic economy was in the cultural, political, social or economic interests of the people of Quebec or Canada. For over 20 years the nationalists obsessed over a constitutional question and the economy became stagnant, with little investment coming in and worse still investment flowing out, thousands of people and businesses relocated to escape the turgid reality and uncertainty of neverendum. This situation became so dire the SNP quietly dropped any talk of Quebec, and switched affections to Catalonia....how is that working out? Yet another minority nationalist movement who ignore the wishes of the majority, force through an illegal referendum and the Catalan economy faces capital flight, political paralysis and a grim outlook for the future, with their leadership now jailed facing charges of sedition. The UDI was greeted with indifference across the EU, no significant support anywhere least of all in Spain, whilst in Catalonia itself the mass mobilisation of civil action has simply failed to materialise. All this so that a few emotional fanatics can march around, singing songs and waving flags in a state of arousal? Odds are the Scottish situation will end in similar fashion, if there is another indyref all available evidence suggest the people will again reject it. Scotland is now in a neverendum situation, over a decade of constitutional bun fighting, authoritarian technocratic managerialist centralisation, complete with rebranding into a moribund language, gleefully led by cynical self-interested Pied Piper politicians, with mood music provided by similarly self- interested artists, writers and poets. Whist Mr Blackford led his heroic troops in an undergraduate stunt last week, back in Scotland we discover the Scottish Government have been f*cking around with journalists and political opponents FOI requests in case they reveal damaging truths about how they conduct their business, how democratic......and another example of why an indy pressure group should not remain in office indefinitely. Brexit certainly presents a curve ball, but in the cold light of day, are we really saying we should follow a major constitutional clusterf*ck with another one?
  10. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    If only this were so HSF. Referenda are supposed to settle constitutional questions, this has not been the case in recent times. We had a 2 year campaign around independence, the most fantasticist, wonderfulist expression of democratic engagement in the history of democratic engagement (allegedly), the issues were covered ad nauseum, the turn out was record breaking, the losers have never accepted the result, and have been agitating for another everyday since. If we held another and the Remain side won the Scexiteers would simply go for a 3rd and 4th till we got it 'right'. Look at the mess over Brexit......recent experience tells me that referenda are divisive and deeply damaging and fail to yield the promised 'settled will'. I may well be somewhat misanthropic about direct democracy, but I have yet to see it deliver progress.
  11. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    Get used to it, it appears the zealots of the indy movement will not, or can not get the message.
  12. Smarmy Arab

    Indy Ref 2

    The will of the people is best measured through a referendum......we had one in 2014. The people voted to remain part of the UK, by a double digit margin.....in any other election in landslide territory. Undergraduate stunts of the type we witnessed last week are all very well, and may even sell well with the initiated, but they do nothing to convince the sceptical. What we are seeing now is a last effort to reignite this issue before the next round of elections, the available polling evidence suggest the majority of Scots are unenthusiastic about following one constitutional clusterf*ck (Brexit) with another (Scexit). Further the sight of a few battle reinactors festooned in saltires (AUOB) will repel as many voters as it attracts....its over for a generation.
  13. Smarmy Arab

    Dundee United Are Shite!

    Moshni is a very classy player, thats why Tunisia have included him in their provisional squad. He is also reputed to have been the most active in visiting supporters events, hospitals and club charitable commitments. He played for Sevco and lost his duster in the last game neither of those things are likely to endear him to anyone, you should have heard the Arabs when he signed! His performances were all the more impressive when you consider the cynicism and hostility he faced when he stepped into a misfiring side. Does anyone really know why he attacked Irwin that day? I remember Zizou attacking an italian in the WCF, it happens, who knows why?
  14. Smarmy Arab

    Dundee United Are Shite!

    You have a point.....but take it from me Scobie had an injury ravaged season, and consequently every time i saw him he flogged goals, unbelievably slow on the turn. Moshni was a class above any of the defenders we fielded last year, had he not arrived (along with Ralston) we would have finished 5th...or even 6th. Back to the drawing board from scratch!