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Grouse Beater +GrouseBeater
Writer, filmmaker, troublemaker. Embra-born. Polemic essay site on Scottish independence, car and movie politics.
 Joined January 2017
694 Posts   221 Followers
A former head of the American consulate in Edinburgh has accused the UK government of being intellectually dishonest in its arguments against Scottish independence. What had she to say? Dana Linnet, who served as Barack Obama’s principal officer in Scotland, … Continue reading →
Been months since I wrote about cars and car development, or reposted existing articles, other than tweets. For almost three years I produced a mid-week ‘Car Culture’ column in reponse to readers who didn’t want to wait to the weekend … Continue reading →
Aside from supporting Scotland’s wish to reinstall autonomy and using our own currency, Yanis Varoufakis is an economist who believes a nation’s economy should be organised so it benefits the majority of the people and not the few power elite. … Continue reading →
This week’s Monbiot column has him place the new prime minister in his sights. He has good cause to be fearful of Librium Liz’s attitude to the environment, her made obvious regressive measures, her toy box ideology encourages the extraction … Continue reading →
This interesting article was penned by the redoubtable confederate Fiona MacInnes for the Orkney News about the visit of a flaky Tory member of Librium Liz Truss’ cabinet. Nadhim Zahawi,  minister for intergovernmental relations. Zahawi is known for being a … Continue reading →
While the Tory’s Scottish branch and their sibling Labour friends attack the SNP for the ferry build delays and rising costs – forgetting the yard was given the work to save jobs – others have been submitting better solutions for … Continue reading →
THE EARTH IS UNDER THREAT BUT YOU’D NOT KNOW IT by George Monbiot What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. Most of the time, most of the media obsess over issues of mind-numbing triviality. Much … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago I encouraged readers to visit Will Maclean’s exhibition at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. His work, the language he uses as an artist and sculptor to express it, is unique and in empathetic expression outstanding. … Continue reading →
THE JETTY AT TROUVILLE By Peter Young Today, in the little harbour in Hornbaek, there’s a high-pitched moaning of the wind through the rigging, It’s a kind of soundtrack to a painting I once saw as a very young child at … Continue reading →
Whenever Sir Tom Devine publishes a new book on an aspect of Scotland’s history, I buy it. (His book of Scots and the Slave trade is the exception – far too expensive. At any rated, I’d rather learn more about … Continue reading →
This is not the Scotland we aim to create. This is the old repulsive Queen and Country Scotland, an irrational admiration for an alien culture, a class system not ours, an inbred subservience and a fear of losing what is … Continue reading →
Two things struck me about the death of Queen Lizzie once I jotted my thoughts and observations of her death while resident in Scotland, an end well planned and plotted to jab the conciencies of the natives and kindle a … Continue reading →
From a political party that won Brexit by fraudulant means, aided by the discredited Cambridge Analytica – considered as ‘cowboys’ and avoided by the SNP – to Tory buddies in big business keeping Boris happy with holidays and wedding celebration … Continue reading →
As we approach the Big Day for various reasons likely to turn into the Big Flop, self-appointed experts pop up everywhere to give their opinion. Some ‘opinion’ is only a basic expression of fear rather than scholarly analysis, but aided … Continue reading →
Following Alex Salmonds’ description of Liz Truss’ grasp of economics as the most awful ‘mumbo-jumbo’, the environmentalist and supporter of Scotland’s right to autonomy, George Monbiot lets rip about her intellectual vacuity: “Trussonomics is a fanatical, fantastical creed, and the … Continue reading →
This news clip illustrates that King Charles III acknowledges and understands countries and territories colonised by the British Empire are free to choose their destiny in the modern world and to do so without fear of reprisal. At the time … Continue reading →
In a perfectly timed moment of great historical significance, King Charles III swore his allegience to the Scotland’s Claim of Right, a cornerstone of Scotland’s constitutional framework, rights and safeguards, on this day, the10th of September, 2022. He upholds the … Continue reading →
Just as predicted, the accession of Prince Charles to the English throne as Charles III, (he has chosen the title; further speculation is redundant) there comes a rush of suggestions that he will be a reformer of a monarchy, the … Continue reading →
The mortal remains of Queen Elizabeth II await a state funeral. What happens next, and where is Scotland in a new era? Let’s begin with the mundane and the practical. After the Queen’s record-breaking reign, unpicking her name, image and … Continue reading →
The former SNP member and activist, Chris McEleny, now general secretary of the ALBA Party, recounts the trials and tribulations of making the SNP see reason and discuss alternative ways to independence, and do it in an open and generous … Continue reading →
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