The power of movies

The false report that Saddam Hussein's regime was developing chemical weapons was based on scenes from the 1996 movie "The Rock".

The false claims weren't cross-checked with weapons experts, and was subsequently used as justification for British involvement in the Iraq War.

Penny Mordaunt (one of the front-runners in the Tory leadership contest) is claiming that the (UK) Union could be strengthened by England celebrating Burns Night.

Give me strength!

The Conservative Party leadership race feels like it has been going on for as long as "Coronation Street", and is even less interesting.

So, Nicola has fired the starting gun for the next independence referendum.

About time, too.

The UK media pretend that the institution of the monarchy, and the queen, personally, are beyond political criticism.


Having a hereditary head of state is already a political decision. Furthermore, based on that decision, the queen, and her family, inhabit a privileged position, including an extravagant lifestyle.

It is long overdue that the unreal fairytale was ended, and a modern arrangement made for the head of state.

"God Save the Queen"
Sex Pistols

God save the queen
The fascist regime
They made you a moron
Potential H-bomb
God save the queen
She ain't no human being
There is no future
In England's dreaming

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I've managed to avoid 99% of the hoopla surrounding Mrs Windsor's jubilee doodah, and I'm still sick to the back teeth of it all.

I'm going to play "God Save The Queen" (Sex Pistols version) every day from now until the whole jamboree is over.

Attended a Yes meeting, last night. Now that the pandemic is loosening its grip it feels time for grass-roots politics to start again.

It has been 7.5 years since the Referendum, but, the feeling is still extant.

At the end of the film I'm watching, the Westminster Parliament building is blown-up.

That scene always brings a tear to my eye,

To-day is the seventh anniversary of Scotland's independence vote. It is a bittersweet memory.

The weeks and months leading up to the vote were some of the best times of my life. I made so many new friends. The possibility of making a better place felt within our grasp.

However, even though the vote was a resounding Yes in my home area, overall we lost by a narrow margin.

It was the best of times, and the worst of times.

Let's do it again.

Matt Hancock is a hypocrite.
Sack him.
That's all!

I've always wondered if the word "Brexit" had an effect on the outcome.

Brexit is a portmanteau of British (or Britain) and Exit. This new word was used to describe not just the act of leaving, but, also the process, & the referendum. The term was used casually by both those supporting Remain and Leave. Why? The equally applicable "Bremain" was hardly ever used.

I've not seen any research on this topic. However, the terminology employed usually has an effect on the outcome.

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I'm incredulous that the vote was five years ago yesterday. Where has the time gone?

This was definitely one of those moments where I can remember exactly where I was when I heard the news.

Not surprising that the ramifications of that result are still rumbling on.

No Love for Johnnie (1961)

Read the plot synopsis for this film, from 60 years ago, and then tell me if you think politics has changed, at all, in the intervening years.

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