About four years ago I made three political wishes. The first one was that Stephen Harper and foul regime be totally destroyed.And that one was granted.My second wish was that the Republican Party suffer the same fate. And whoever wins the U.S. election that also seems likely to be granted.Which leaves me with my . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Independence of Scotland is More Necessary Than Ever
Last Sunday was the second anniversary of Scotland’s independence referendum, which as you may know, was for me a day of great disappointment.
And one I’ll always remember.
But I haven’t dared even mention the anniversary when talking to my family in the Scottish highlands, because for them it’s a day best forgotten.
They don’t want to talk about it. It’s too traumatic.
And they all voted NO.
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As Britain tries to recover from the shock of the Brexit referendum result. With its economy and its political scene in a turmoil.And its racist bigots on a rampage.I'm sure many of its REMAIN supporters were glad to hear Nicola Sturgeon, the First… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Can Scotland Really Stop Britain From Quitting the EU?
It's been barely two days since the Brexit referendum, and no doubt some LEAVE supporters are still celebrating their big victory.But not all of them. Some of them it seems are now having sober second thoughts.And what with the pound having fallen … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Brexit Fiasco: Now Some Say They’re Sorry
I knew the LEAVE side was going to win the Brexit referendum hours before the polls closed.When I heard that the poor who live in the Britain's rundown Council estates were turning out to vote in massive numbers.And the reason I did is because if y… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Brexit Referendum and the Independence of Scotland
In my last post I told you why I believe progressives need to build a mighty Canada-wide movement to ensure that Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime are defeated in the next election. I said I believe that a movement would make our struggle look more like a sacred cause, than a . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Building an Anti-Harper Movement and the Lesson of Scotland
It hasn't been easy being a YES supporter in the 48 hours since Scotland's latest glorious failure.First there was the pain of defeat. Then a mob of unionist bigots descended upon them in Glasgow's George Square where they had been peacefully camping out for days…
Tossing flares, singing Rule Britannia, chanting the Orange . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence: The Glorious Failure and the Glorious Revolution
Well it was a long night and a disappointing one. The YES side in the Scottish referendum didn't do as well as I had hoped it might.Scotland will have to wait a little longer to become independent. And fear conquered hope.Scotland voters have opted to continue as part of the United Kingdom after 307 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Scottish Referendum and the Fatal Lesson of Quebec
And so it ended, with wild rallies all over the country. After two long years Scotland's amazing referendum campaign is finally over.
And as I write these lines, Scots are heading to the polls to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country.The campaign ended with a final message from the YES side urging . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Scottish Independence Campaign and the Velvet Revolution
A typical Western Canadian scene: snapped in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2014.
The Scotch, as we used to say when I was growing up in B.C., pretty much built Western Canada, leastways the European superstructure of buildings, roads and railways that lies atop the land of the first inhabitants. You need only see the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart
With one day to go before Scotland's historic referendum vote, the excitement is building and the polls are narrowing. Support for the Yes campaign is increasing but it still lags just behind No on the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, an exclusive poll conducted for The Scotsman reveals today. The Yes vote stands at . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Canadian Progressives Should Have Supported the Scottish Independence Struggle
Well there he was today, David Cameron, the leader of Britain's savage Con regime.The Prime Minister who has inflicted the most pain on the British people since the bestial Margaret Thatcher.Trying to bully the Scottish people into voting NO by threatening them with a "painful divorce." Read more »
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There couldn't have been an uglier sight. Thousands of members of the anti-Catholic Orange Lodge marching through Edinburgh to show their support for the NO side.
Or one more representative of the NO side's attempt to bully the YES side into submission.
For by now the combined forces of Big Business, the corporate . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Scottish Referendum and the Attack of the NO Side Bullies
With one week to go in the Scottish referendum the YES side's surge to independence appears to have been at least temporarily halted, with a new poll suggesting the NO side is leading again. The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put supporters of the union on 52 per cent, narrowly ahead . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence: The Empire Strikes Back
It's been hard trying to explain that what's going on in Scotland is a bigger story than many progressives in this country can imagine.And that they should rejoice at the last minute surge of the YES side, because they are fighting for our kind of values, and we can use some of the lessons . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why All Progressives Should Support Scotland’s Independence Struggle
I've been seeing a lot of stories in the Canadian and British media, comparing the Scottish independence referendum campaign to the one in Quebec in 1995.And I've resigned myself to seeing a lot more of them after this latest development. Because it is so familiar.But here's the thing eh? I've seen the Scottish referendum . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Scottish Referendum Is NOT the Quebec Referendum
With less than two weeks to go before the Scottish independence referendum a new poll has shown the YES side ahead for the first time. Some 51% of those who have made up their mind and intend to vote back an independent Scotland while 49% plan to vote no, the YouGov poll suggests.The poll . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence: The Triumph of Hope Over Fear
I have always believed that while a political party can change a government, only a movement can truly change a country. Or the world.I got a glimpse of the power of a movement during the Quebec student protests.When for a while at least, young and old came together to challenge the very foundations of . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence, Canada, and the Power of a Movement
With just 15 days to go before the Scottish referendum, a new poll has confirmed the trend that I wrote about yestarday. The YES side is surging, and Scotland could be soon heading for independence.
The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence and Some Lessons for Canada
It's Labour Day. The Snowbirds are roaring over my house for the last time, heading for the CNE air show on the other side of the island. It feels like summer is over.And the roar of the jets only reminds me of what a cataclysmic summer it has been. The summer of Gaza, ISIS, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harperland Summer and the Country Where Hope Lives
With just three weeks to go before the independence referendum things are definitely heating up in Scotland.Especially since the leader of the YES side was declared the winner of last Monday's TV debate.And polls suggest the gap between the two sides is narrowing as the momentous decision approaches. Read more »
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It's now less than a month before the people of Scotland will vote YES or NO to independence.And some Canadian newspapers have been running stories, mostly comparing the campaign to the one during the last Quebec referendum.But after spending a couple of weeks in Scotland recently, I have to say that while there are . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence and the Struggle for a Con Free Country
OK. So it's probably not the best time to leave Canada. Not in the middle of that tragically short warm period we call summer in the Great White North.But politically it's the dead season here, or even deader than usual.While in Scotland where I'm going, it's very much alive. Read more »
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Last week I wrote a post looking at how important it is to get more young Canadians to vote in the next election.Because if more of them do vote, we will almost surely defeat Stephen Harper. I said that if you want them to cast a ballot, first you must move them with a . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: How To Motivate Young Canadians to Vote (Part Two)
Well today is Robbie Burns Day, and all over the world tonight the Tartan Army is marking the bard's birthday, piping in the haggis, and no doubt drinking heavily.And although I don't drink, and I don't eat the awful offal.I'm extremely proud of my Scottish heritage.And this is a momentous year in the history . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Robbie Burns and the Scottish Independence Question