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Galloway goes NIP: call to break up Scotland into Unionist enclaves and Nationalist fiefdoms.

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More Borders Galloway: Independence Leads to Break up of Scotland.

Borders are back in fashion…..on the left. A decade ago one of France’s best known believers in the Gauche républicaine Régis Debray wrote  Éloge des frontières , In Praise of Frontiers. Full of guff about the moral and intellectual necessity of borders, and the way they help flourish diversity, it marked the return of Giuseppe Mazzini’s 19th century call for a world of “free, independent, republican nations.” 

Another left wing writer, the German Wolfgang Streeck has become interested in the progressive potential of national frontiers. As Jerome Roos explains, “In recent years, Streeck has increasingly been tempted to fill this void with a reassertion of national borders as the last-remaining expression of ‘organised’ political control against the ‘destabilising’ external forces impinging upon it – irrespective of whether these are flows of ‘hot money’ or actual people fleeing poverty and war.[101] These calls for stricter border control in turn hinge on a rather one-dimensional and underdeveloped theorisation of the impact of globalisation on the international border regime (From the Demise of Social Democracy to the ‘End of Capitalism’: The Intellectual Trajectory of Wolfgang Streeck).

After the Brexit vote Debray wrote  L’Europe fantôme (2019). Imagining a “post-European era”, the end of “mythe galvanisant, cet ersatz de messianisme”, the “plaything of elites”‘an “empty monument” under the Shadow of Uncle Sam…The real Europe is plural, because to exist we need differences, to separate ourselves off.

Streeck, less a prophet, lost his honour in his own country and this one by active involvement in the Full Brexit Red-Brown Front between Brexit Party supporters, Blue Labour, national sovereigntists and the Communist Party of Britain.

From these prominent contributors to the New Left Review blog, Sidecar, to the political confusionism of the post-Corbyn left. Pro-border left wingers who back the Scottish National Party and Scottish independence have seen others join them in recent months. There is the restoration of the Heptarchy for Northern Independence Party, and now, the pro-Unionist George Galloway and fervent Brexiteer….

Galloway puts forward ‘bizarre’ plan to partition Scotland if country votes for independence Telegraph.

 in a suggestion described as “bizarre” by opponents, he said ‘regions’ should be able to secede from an independent Scotland, if the country was to vote for separation, and instead remain a devolved part of the UK.  He cited Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire, Orkney, and Dumfries and Galloway as parts of Scotland that may demand to stay British rather than be part of an independent state. (Thanks David)

The Daily Record,

The former MP, who is heading the All for Unity, said places like Shetland, the south of Scotland, Aberdeen and Edinburgh would not want to become “part of a separate Scottish state dominated by the Central Belt”.

Galloway said: “I think the demand for it would become unstoppable. starting in Orkney and Shetland. I don’t believe that they will allow themselves to be dragged into an independent Scottish state.”

“I know in Dumfries and Galloway where the great majority, more than two thirds oppose separatism, the demand to remain in Britain would probably become the settled will of the people there.”

“It may be the Edinburgh the financial sector, Aberdeenshire with its with its fishing with its farming with its oil related activities, might very well begin to demand in a way that might become unstoppable.”

He added: “It’s not my view, I wouldn’t wish it to happen, but it would be an extraordinary irony if the break up of Britain gave birth to forces which then began to break up Scotland. The country would be eating itself.”

The saga continues,

Written by Andrew Coates

April 8, 2021 at 11:52 am

Galloway Back in the News Charged with ‘Race Baiting’.

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Some people on the left have “gone on a journey” in recent times, from backing Brexit to defending China’s human rights record.

There are some who have gone even further on a voyage into the twilight.

The dapper gent in the fedora is back in the news today:

Humza Yousaf hits back at George Galloway’s ‘race-baiting’ comments


Evening Standard.

Mr Galloway tweeted ‘You’re not a Celt like me’.


Scotland’s justice secretary Humza Yousaf has said voters will show George Galloway the cat flap in May after the former MP posted a “race-baiting” tweet.

Mr Yousaf thanked people for their solidarity after Mr Galloway tweeted: “You’re not a Celt like me.”

Mr Galloway drew criticism on social media after he  posted a message on Twitter which appeared to be directed at Mr Yousaf.

He has adopted the strategy of stout denial.


Mr Galloway later tweeted: “As the father of five mixed-race children I treat #Humza’s accusation that I’m a racist with contempt.”


One day the SWP, Counterfire and all Galloway’s other allies in Respect will tell the inside details of what happened i their Party. For the moment, it seems, they think the world is not prepared for the full story of the Giant Kitty of Dundee.



Written by Andrew Coates

March 18, 2021 at 11:13 am

Galloway Calls to Vote Tory.

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May be a Twitter screenshot of text that says "George Galloway @georgegalloway I could never support any Tory 10:07 PM Sep 8, 2017 Twitter for iPhone George Galloway @georgegalloway Replying to @Jasonngoose I would never coalesce with Tories 2:10 PM Jul 21, 2019 Twitter for iPhone George Galloway @georgegalloway I'm voting #Tory with my first vote for the incumbent MSP. And then for myself and @doonhamer1963 and @Jamie @Jamie_Blackett on the list. Now THAT is @Alliance4Unity 4:30 PM Feb 28, 2021 Twitter for iPhone"

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This is doing the rounds, but as one of the oldest muckers of the Dapper Gent in the Fedora, it is the bounden duty of this Blog to flag it up.

Even at this hour on a Sunday evening, when I am just about to get the dinner ready.

Anti-imperialists, from the SWP to Counterfire be reassured, there is some spunk left in the old Galloway:

How this all twigs with his mates in the Workers Party of Britain (LEADER: George Galloway : Deputy leader: Joti Brar is anybody’s guess.

Now, back to enjoying the Salmond/Surgeon clan warfare as the right of centre Scottish nationalists also tear each other apart.

Update, having finished the lamb chops, fine beans and roast parsnips.

My favourite Galloway story.

It was a small left wing meeting in a dusty hall circa 2009

Comrade Andrew Coates was introduced as “George Galloway’s worst enemy on the British left”.

A gravely voice from the back of the room came from a man with a hat that had a soft brim and indented crown.

“Not while I’m around laddie!”.


Here it is for the future biographers…





Written by Andrew Coates

February 28, 2021 at 8:43 pm