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Listen: Could this George Galloway speech save the Union?

25 June 2014

3:49 PM

25 June 2014

3:49 PM

Unionists frequently lament the lack of passionate figures on the Better Together campaign, able to take on Alex Salmond. Thankfully, there is at least one such person — George Galloway. His nine minute speech at last night’s Spectator debate is one of the most forceful and convincing arguments we’ve heard so far against Scottish Independence. Listen to the audio in full here:

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And here are some of the highlights of what Galloway had to say:

‘We were people together on a small piece of rock with three hundred years of common history, and that’s what they want to break up.’

‘This is the first time ever that people in a small country where everyone speaks the same language are being asked to break up, and break up on the basis that they don’t have a currency to use. There will be no pound.’

‘The difference is we have come together temporarily at a moment of national peril. The nationalists on the other hand are permanently together for they have only one purpose, to persuade you that Brian Souter, the gay-baiting billionaire, funder of their campaign, is someone more worthy of looking up to than J.K.Rowling.’

“I am tired of being called a quisling, or a traitor…I’ll go wherever I like in these islands or anywhere else and speak my mind.’

‘There’ll be havoc if you vote yes in September, havoc in Edinburgh and throughout the land, and you’ll break the hearts of many others too.’

‘Who wants to mortgage their, and their children’s future on a finite resource that will soon be finished and the price of which is simply incalculable?’

‘They want you to re-fight a battle seven hundred years ago between two French speaking Kings with Scottish people on both sides. I prefer to remember a rather more recent battle…If we had not stood, but capitulated, like others had done before us, we’d be having this meeting this evening in German, if we were going to have it at all.’

Read Alex Massie’s report of last night’s debate here.

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  • Bruce1314

    Galloway should l lead the Orange (Dis)Order parade in Edinburgh before the Ref’.So much for his support for an Irish Republic,a traitor to Scotland like the other 2 million scaremongered bottlers

  • Guest

    So many unlikely toxic politicking chums forgot differences during the Scottish referendum and held trembling sweaty hands across the Scottish border(s). Cameron, Miliband, Clegg, Farage, EDL, BNP and George Galloway all bent on bribing the Scots with political muesli, halal haggis and black pudding bled of its nutritious blood.

    Scotland is left sadly anemic after indy disgrace.

  • Tim Morrison

    Galloway is remembered for giving comfort to some rather unpleasant dictators. I have normally used him as an indicator for causes not to support – be it in Serbia, Iraq or Libya. I see no reason to change my mind about that now.

    Being a friend of dictators is one thing – being ridiculous is another. he achieved that wearing a cat suit in the Big Brother house.

    • Dorothy (Dot) Commie

      Perhaps, best be friends with dictators than get rid of them and precipitate the likes of IS?

  • Chess_Player

    Mr Galloway, Thank You

  • James Birkett

    He will be long remembered for his speech in front of a US House Committee when the Representatives were treated to his articulate arguments. He has put his considerable oratory to good use in arguing for the continuation of the UK as it is
    presently constituted, This must be the first time that he agrees with Gordon Brown,
    David Cameron and Nick Clegg on any issue!

  • picquet

    Hardly inspiring, just obvious. The man is a particularly nasty opportunist, and the views he publicly expresses are engineered only to benefit himself in the niche he identified and exploits very well.

  • andywade

    If Hitler was around today, Galloway would be on his media outlet in 2 seconds flat. He is this generations’ Lord Haw-Haw. We do not want a compulsive betrayer who supports neo-Fascist repression from Iran to Russia on our team.

  • JeremySmyles

    Fantastic speech. We’re depending on you George. Salmond is appealing to the lowest common denominator, GREED, and he mustn’t be allow to dupe the Scots with a treasure chest of fools’ gold.

  • Rik

    GG has to be in favour of the Union if the yes vote wins Labour will never hold power in England again.Turkeys dont vote for Christmas

  • kalzal

    This speech actually pushes me more towards a Yes vote.

  • KingCuilean

    GG’s deusional “There will be no pound” hysteria. After a YES win on 18 September 2014, GG has enlisited an army of 5 million tooth fairies on the night of 19 September 2014, to enter every Scottish house and remove all pound coins and notes (yes Scotland still has pound notes).

  • Terry Field

    This is disturbing.
    I have final proof that I live in The Matrix – here the program has failed and a patch has been written; Galloway is saying something right and something I agree with.
    I also heard a similarly far-fetched thing today that reaffirms my Matrix discovery – Hitler is alive, living in Penge, and has become a Rabbi after converting in 1946 on the quiet and having the snip performed by Rabbi Goldstein wearing pink panties and carrying a lit Roman Candle in his mouth.
    Both these events are unfathomable other than by The Program having failed.
    I am The One.

  • Gwangi

    “I am tired of being called a quisling, or a traitor”
    So true – the Nationalist campaigners are like a hooligan mob of drunken bullies and thugs – which doesn’t really bode well for Scotland if it does become independent. They remind me of Muslim bullies who accuse young Muslims of being traitors and quislings if they do not abide by the strictest, Saudi–funded version of bigoted Islam. It’s the sort of peer that makes people do stupid things – makes kids take drugs etc – the mob trying to crush individuals. Shame on Scotland.
    Great point about the odious Brian Souter too – the ‘Saudi-esque’ bigoted mad Christian funder from the Wahabi Scots Nationalist campaign.
    And a great point here too:

  • Joan Q

    Wow! I’m gobsmacked! I have only ever associated GG with controversy but what a lot of sense he sez here. He’s got my vote!

  • Andrew Orr

    Jim Sillars easily got the better of George Galloway in a TV debate that can be seen on You Tube.

  • Stuart Morris

    Could this George Galloway speech save the Union? eh NAW

    • Gwangi

      Well, not one opinion poll has shown the Separatist Nationalist thugs like you ahead… So can you break apart the Union? No.

      • Stuart Morris

        typical Unionist , you just cant help but name call can you, Scotland will 🙂 HAPPY DAYS 🙂

        • Gwangi

          Name call? That is ALL bigoted Scots Nationalists like you do. Just ask JK Rowling.
          When I think of the great people and politicians that used to come out of Scotland – men of honour and guts – and then compare them to you and other abusive bullies of the Nationalist racist bigot mob who want Scottish Independence (or actually control by the EU and its money, so NOT real independence eh), then I just feel sorry for Scotland. If you do go independent you’re gonna be totally fcked.
          I see the more educated people are the less they support the bigot’s charter for breaking up the Union (which does not take into account the 1000 years of connection between England and Scotland – well before 1707 – or realise most Scots culture was cobbled together by Walter Scott and the English Victorians, or realises that most Scottish heroes of the past were upper class abusive exploiters and murderers, just like Robert the Bruce, who showed real Stalinist tendencies is dispatching his competitors – oh how wee Alec must dream of those days…)
          Any rational person who understands business would vote NO – why take a huge risk and gamble on what is essentially a romantic nationalist daydream? It would be an awful business decision and leave Scotland and the Scottish people far worse off (nats like you are deluded if you think Scotland has not benefited massively from the Union! In fact, Scotland gets way TOO MUCH subsidy and always has.)
          I see women are more intelligent – a massive majority for NO in their votes. Because you see laddie, they sort out the housekeeping and run a home on a budget, while numpties like you are out knocking back the buckfast and jeering at your betters.

  • http://www.shinyphoto.co.uk/ Tim

    Yeah, and what’s wrong with speaking German?

  • Sarah Stuart

    If Scotland leaves the UK, will the rest of the country get free (or at least reduced) prescriptions and free education?

    • KingCuilean

      only if you vote for a party with those promises in their manifesto. You seem to imply England pays for these for Scotland. A complete unionist myth and I do not blame you for this comment, as this is the lies you are being fed by the Better Together No Thanks brigade and a complicit unionist press and BBC. Out of the last 32 years (since records began) Scot has put more into the union that she takes out.

      • Gwangi

        Utter UTTER tosh. The south of England subsidises everyone – the Scots, Welsh, northern English etc. For you to pretend that is not so and then quote dodgy fake figures to supposedly ‘prove’ your fantasy shows just how weak the Scots Nats argument is. Much of the rest of your subsidy comes from the EU – and it is ENGLAND which pays 90% of UK money into that.

        If Scotland becomes independent it will have no pound, no place in the world stage, no Westminster representation (I do not believe the English will stomach Scottish candidates when Scotland is so blatantly racists against the English), no EU membership, maybe no Queen PLUS each Scottish person will see their currency devalue, business head south and basically every Scot will be worse off financially and trapped in a one man one party socialist nutjob state which will need a bailout by the IMF within 2 years.

        • KingCuilean

          By the ‘south of England’ I presume you mean London? London is subsidized by all UK taxpayers; bailed out by the same taxpayers in 2008/9, otherwise it would have gone ‘belly up’ due to casino banking & fraud, (rate fixing, insider dealing) which caused the 2008 crisis, crash & recession. London is responsible for the UK’s 1.3 trillion debt. England should insist that London bankers pay it off. England is not a world leader anymore. e.g. armed forces are being reduced to 80,000. That’s the same as Norway, a country of less than 5 million albeit with a greater landmass than England. Scotland’s pound cannot be removed forcibly as any country can use it as tradeable commodity. Cameron/Osborne know that.Scotland will take her seat at the UN and EU, the latter of which you wish to leave. She does not want to rule the world, just be a part of it. England, meanwhile, may become isolated internationally e.g Cameron made no EU friends last week. The USA is cosying up to China & India. Where is England’s place on the world stage without its nukes, which England rather foolishly or arrogantly located outwith England? Of course we will have no Westminster representation! That is the whole point of independence! We do not want it! Personally I want rid of the Queen and all her family too. Look at William and Kate’s (aww) millions spent on new kitchens etc. whilst 800,000 uk children live below the poverty line and rely on food banks. I’s have thought more of them if they’s kept their old, 18 month kitchen for a few more years and given their money to foodbanks. But actually Scotland is not as small as England would have us believe. If travelling from the northernmost Scottish point to the south coast of England, where would the half way point be? It would still be well within Scotland! (i.e from the Shetland isles)! Our coast is three times the length of England’s coast and our land mass is two thirds England’s land mass; so not so small, after all. Please do not use the biased BBC weather map as a point of reference as it is deliberately skewed to show Scotland a fraction of its actual size. Scotland cannot be trapped in a one man state. Where do you get this nonsense? We have proportional representation, unlike England. It is England’s fate to be stuck with a nut job,in the shape of Farage. It was England which needed bailing out in 2008 and with the loss of Scots oil, whisky, gas, tourism revenues, agriculture, (Scotland can feed itself, England cannot) hydro-power, a quarter of the EU’s tidal power, wind power, unfathomable reserves of drinking WATER (Scotland is the richest country in the world for water and with global warming, one cannot drink oil. The wars in hundreds of years time will be fought over water, not oil). Scotland has become immune to these unionist scare stories, all debunked here for the last two years. Over half a million English folks have retired here (‘escape’ is their word for their presence here). If half the population was rampantly anti English why are more and more English coming here all the time (and being made very welcome)? Where are the tales of them having to return to Englandm having been forced out, as the daily Mail etc. suggests? It simply is a lie. There is a YES group in Scotland called ‘English-Scots for YES’! Cameron and Darling are both on record as saying that, of course, Scotland can be an independent country. That is why they came up with the slogan ‘Better Together’. I have English neighbours. They are voting YES. My daughter’s father is English. He is voting YES. My daughter (half English) is voting YES THis referendum is nothing about the SNP or Alex Salmond. It is about Scotland’s future. Sctland will then have a general election in 2016 and it is unlikely that the SNP will win it! I do not blame you for your ignorance, For years you have been fed all this propaganda and for people like you, it will be a case that we will have to prove it to you, before your believe it and disbelive the lies you have been fed and been conditioned to believe all your life by the unionist, vested interest media. Come to Scotland in 5 years time and see what a go we will be making of our own country. We will proffer the hand of friendship, so much better than a begging bowl don’t you think! Best wishes and good luck England. My thoughts go with you.

          • Gwangi

            Most who work in the CITY of London are NOT English, laddie! It is an international banking centre. And the USA caused the 2008 crisis too.

            London is VERY poor in many areas. Half of black men there are unemployed. Like most who live oop north, you seem to think everyone in London is rich and owns mansions and earns 6 figure salaries. Stark bigotry, son, Racism, even.

            And The Bank of Scotland was bailed out by The Bank of England – or did you nae know that? The English saved your kilt-stained butt, baby.

            Plus, your bank notes are just play money – not legal tender at all. Far too many Scots are too blinded by ignorance of financial matters to know that.

            • KingCuilean

              I love London; spent most of my childhood summers at Richmond Bridge Mansions; loved swimming the Thames, skating at Richmond Ice Rink, feeding deer in Richmond Park, visiting London Zoo. I love its theatres . Of course London has poor areas. What large city does not? The Bank of England, yes, but Scotland contributed its fair share of that bail out money (of a few greedy personnel allowed free rein whilst Westminster turned a Nelson eye) of ALL banks, not just the Scots ones, via huge deposits of whisky, gas, oil, shipbuilding receipts. That was only right and proper. HBOS overseas debt was bailed out by the USA Treasury, not UK TReasury. I am aware Scots pound notes are not legal tender, but equally the opposite is the case; the UK pound IS legal tender in Scotland. Scotland does not use the pound out of largesse, she have earned the right to use it over three hundred years, just as England has; just as was written into the 1707 Treaty of Union. Unless you consider Scots as 2nd class Brits, or Scotland as England’s last colony, with no citizens’ rights, other than what is deigned to be given to them by its ruling class, the Praetorian Guard at Westminster and we their slaves?If that is indeed your view, then the sooner old Alba cuts the ‘ties that bind’ Scotland to a pleb/senator relationship (as described by you) the better for both.

              • Gwangi

                You ignore the fact that Scotland had its own oppressive ruling class.
                Your portrayal of the English as the upper class enemy says more about your outdated thinking and historical ignorance than anything else.
                And Scotland is massively subsidised by England, and makes a massive net profit out of being in the Union. It also enforces racist policies against English students. Salmond is an old-fashioned bigot. The Milosovic of the north.

                • KingCuilean

                  George Galloway/Gwangi: who is Scotland’s oppressive ruling class today? Westminster, not the people of England. I made no mention of England as ‘the upper class enemy’. I said ‘Westminster’ and I mean ‘Westminster’. (It is always unionists who play the mythical race card, sigh)…. It’s not true that Scotland is subsidised by England, as confirmed by The Financial Times last month (hardly an SNP publication). Allegedly Scotland is on ‘handouts from England’ (another myth) but at the same time she is the only country in Western Europe producing trillions of pounds worth of oil? REally George? Really? If we are the poorest oil rich country in the world, (now that really IS an oxymoron) she really has no choice and must take control of her own affairs! Why? because Westminster is clearly squandering her wealth massively. This debate is nothing to do with Salmond. After a YES vote nothing changes until 2016, when the people of Scotland can vote for whomsoever they wish. It will probably not be an SNP government as their ‘raison d’etre’ will be at an end! Whoever is in power in any indy Scotland, they will be voted in by the people of Scotland,

                • Gwangi

                  In fact, it is the people of ENGLAND who have had to suffer Labour government thanks to Scottish votes time and again during the latter 20th century. Ditto for regions in Scotland like the highlands and islands, and the borders – anti-Labour territory all, yet who would ever be heard in an Independent Scotland (I presume you would support Shetland and Orkney independence from Britain too eh? Yeah right!!!)
                  That’s sort of how democracy works, laddie – people in the South-West of England may well want a liberal government – but have not had one since the 20s. The English north would want Labour always. Ditto Wales. But most of the lower half of England would want a Tory government. Scots proper up Wilson, Callaghan, Blair and Brown – against the wishes of the English.
                  It’s called democracy, dumbo. Or we can divide the whole of Britain into 200 small statelets and each can elect its own government?
                  The SNP and the Nationalist mob are bigoted and backwards. Fit for the 13th century, not the 21st.

                • KingCuilean

                  Let’s debunk your myth that 5 million Scots outvoted 65 million rUK, The Scots votes as to who ran the UK in the General elections of 1945,1950,1951,1955,1959,1966, 1970,1974,1979,1983,1987,1992,1997,2001,2005 made no difference. I suggest you watch “Top 10 Unionists Myths Debunked” on ‘You Tube’, which debunks this myth, along with all of GG’s other political myths. Yes, in answer to your question, I would support Zetland and Orkneys’ right to stay with rUK [or become Norwegian (!)] on Scottish independence. This is raised by unionists because rUK would like to retain the oil & gas, close to these islands. Bad news. Under international law of the sea, these waters remain Scottish as the islands would be classified ‘enclaves’ so the oil & gas remains Scottish. It’s highly unlikely that these islands would become Norwegian as (a) Norway would not want them and no-one there speaks Norwegian! and (b) as most voters on O&Z are liberals who wish to stay in EU, if they vote No to Scots independence or YES to remaining with rUK, either way, they will be out of the EU and going to be ruled for the forseeable future by a Tory/Ukip alliance after 1915 General Election. Also O & Z would have to deal with a Scottish backlash if it votes to stay part of the rUK, on Scots independence. e.g. all oil related jobs would be moved by Scotland out of O & Z to the mainland and islanders would have to go to Carlisle for their nearest hospital, if they voted to stay part of rUK (as they would be out of EU along with rUK, so no reciprocal health care with Scotland which will be part of EU). The said Scottish islands would also lose their current separate Scots’ nation education system, legal system and state religion. e.g. all Scots lawyers on O & Z would be out of a job, as they are not qualified to practice in rUK and all mortgages and land titles would need to be removed from the Land Register of Scotland to England’s (!), English bobbies and transport criminals not to mainland Scottish jails but down to English jails; all school exams would have to change to English system so all teachers out of a job on O & Z, and Church of Scotland synod’s would be replaced by the Church of England with the Queen as head of the Church & Church of Scotland would be subordinate to Church of England. Farmers would need to pay huge sums for vets’ s inspections as different countries have different rules on animal husbandry Hmmm…. seems your knee jerk reaction to O & Z leaving Scotland is not quite as simple as you make out leading one to suspect that for all practical and cultural purposes it is highly unlikely O & Z would reject Scottish culture and society infrastructure, for a totally alien English culture, but as we both agree, that would be up to them. And would rUK even want O & Z without their requisite ‘dowry’ of oil and gas? Not in a million years, old bean. UKIP’s inroads were into previous strong north of England labour areas as much as tory areas. Scotland wants to engage with the world, ‘Stop the world she wants to get on’ and she will do that only through complete independence. It’s the normal state for all nations as Scotland is not a region; and never has been. Indeed her nationhood is the oldest one in Europe. It’s time she rejoined the international world. Through the changes an independent Scotland can make for the good of her people, she can set an example to the rUK that Westminster rule is not working in the best interests of the people but changes can be made from the grass roots up, not the ruling political elite down. And make no mistake, GG is part of the political ruling class and he wishes to retain his power.

                • KingCuilean

                  addendum; 2015 election, not 1915.

                • KingCuilean

                  The Scots’ Prayer

                  Our media
                  Which art in Fleet Street
                  Hollow be thy names
                  Thy spindom come
                  Thy will be done in No 10
                  As it is on BBC
                  Give Scots this day their daily dread
                  And forgive us your threats
                  as we forgive Eddie Izzard
                  But lead us into two nations
                  And deliver us from Eton
                  For ours is a kingdom

                  To flower
                  Without Tories
                  Scotland forever
                  Ah ken.

  • KingCuilean

    I notice the Spectator is not referring to its previous piece on GG, where he urged at a £12 ticket meeting, that all Scottish Catholics should vote NO, because Scotland would become a country run by the Orange Order, if independent, and he hinted at anti-catholic pogrons . Well. as of this week GG is now sharing his ‘any scare will do’ platform with the Grand Orange Order of Scotland, who are urging all Protestants to vote NO, otherwise Scotland will be run by Catholics! He is also lying, the old done lie, that a YES will condemn England to permanent tory rule. In all labour elected govts in UK, the whole of Scotland could have voted 100% tory and labour would still have won, so simply not true.Not only that, what arrogance by George, against the good folks of England. If the latter choose to vote for a Tory, GG thinks it is well and good for Scots to deny them their democratic right to choose their own govt! That’s not very socialist of you, George.Don’t worry George, it is the reverse. Scotland has the democracy deficit, not England. WE are the ones who get what we do not vote for. That set up seems OK with you and your friends in the ORange Order. On the same basis of size, George using his same delusional arguments, also MUST want the Irish Republic to stop being a free state and return immediately to the British fold, as it is too wee and speaks the same English language. He absurdly and insultingly compares Scotland to Cuba or Albania when Scotland is the 14th wealthiest country in the world. Size is no assurance of socialism. e.g. Africa is pretty ‘big’. we all agree’ both in landmass and population but is the poorest most corrupt continent on the planet. Iceland has rebounded all 100,000 of them and is even now prosecuting its corrupt, casino bankers for the grief their non socialism greed caused Iceland. To date Westminster has not put one banker in the dock, (unlike wee, poor Iceland) but allows them even higher bonuses for banks now partially state owned. Seems to me that Iceland is leading the way here, not UK. And his respect party has imploded into interfactional disputes with nepotism and rank tribalism at its heart. fact is, GG would sup with the devil simply to line his own very large pockets.

    • CBinTH

      My Scottish Catholic science teacher held the opinion that it was a good thing that Scotland was part of the UK, because otherwise Catholics and Protestants in Scotland (especially Glasgow) would be at each others throats.

      He was a good bloke, and basically sane, and at the time I’d assumed he was half-joking. Still, he said it.

  • AdamRamsay

    Also, in 1935, Western Australia voted for independence – a small country where they speak the same language…

    • Will Podmore

      AdamRamsay, so according to you, either there are now two states in Australia (odd that everybody else hasn’t noticed that), or, the vote had no effect. In either case, George’s point stands, and yours fails.

  • AdamRamsay

    no one asked if those flying the planes in the battle of Britain were Polish either. George Galloway’s British nationalism seems odd, given the rest of his politics.

  • black11hawk

    I don’t normally agree with Gorgeous George on many issues, but that was a bloody brilliant defence of the union.

    • KingCuilean

      Adolf Hitler gave speeches which were bloody brilliant defences of the Third Reich. He & G are still a pair of nutters.

      • Anita Petrie

        Best impressionist doing a Hitler I’ve seen is called Alex. I believe that’s a pretty general view held by many – even colleagues. As for the cringe making you refer to ….perhaps only YES men are blind to the arrogance of this FM. Decent Scots do indeed cringe at his condescending attitude to anyone who interviews him. No modest Scot he. There are many great Scots of whom we are right to be proud but this little man is not one of them. George Galloway neither but in this case he is spot on.

        • KingCuilean

          Tripe. Look at the three stooges embarrassing all of England in Scotland yesterday and raising saltire over Downing Street! What cretins. WE are to be bought with shiny toys! What mugs we will be if we vote NO now the fear is ramped up 100%! God help Scotland from this onslaught of doom and gloom!

  • Ruaridh MacFergus

    Speak the same language??? How come I see the Gaelic speakers in the Hebrides as 100% Scottish, the same, no difference at all but those that speak Welsh foreign. Bringing up language is stupid. They speak different languages in India and they’re one country.
    It’s about national identity for me, nothing more

    • Gwangi

      Oh dear. 1% of Scots speak Scots Gaelic mostly in the Western Isles. I suspect you have more Urdu and Polish speakers up there now laddie!

      Your national identity as a Scot (kilts, tartan, bagpipes, highland games) was basically cobbled together by the English and Walter Scott in the 18th and 19th centuries. What Scottish culture was there before then? Basically Scotland is only a nation at all because of geography (and geology) as well as arguments between upper class landowners, and religious wars of course. Culture eh? Culturally, Scotland has several tribes – Picts, Scots and others. Genetically no different from the English either. Bagpipes are NOT Scottish but were used everywhere in Britian and Europe; the highland games was invented in the 19th century; the whole kilt and tartan thing was too. Read Walter Scott – he is largely responsible for the romantic myth of Scotland that you hilariously believe is your ancient culture.

      I find it telling that the more educated and the less religiously bigoted Scots are, the more likely they are to vote for the intelligent choice – to stay part of the union. Idiot semi-literate drunken Glasgee English-hating racists are all for independence of course…

  • Evelyn R McCulloch

    I went to see George in Coatbridge a few nights ago and I lasted 10 minutes…when I heard him say…THEY want to use OUR money….I had to hold my hand over my mouth to stop me from shouting…I then came home and listened on livestream and I heard George answer a guy who asked about the oil. He said something like….”before they had oil, all they had was shortbreid!” to which his followers in the audience gave loud applause..in other words…YAY..we’re sh*te”! What has happened to the people of Scotland that they have such low self esteem?

    • ChuckieStane

      All the unionists have to offer is dependency and decline – backward looking and totally devoid of ambition or aspiration.

      • KingCuilean

        Low self esteem, etc? They are known as ‘the Cringe’. They cringe away from anything remotely Scottish, embarrassed by any display of Scottishness, which they consider a great social faux pas. We have to remember our rightful place in the world, which to Cringers is always ‘Below Stairs’ status. United Kingdom = Lord Bellamy.whilst Scotland = Ruby.. e.g. the Cringe loathed the First Minister of Scotland waving a Scottish flag at Wimbledon. To them that was the social faux pas of Hudson the Butler coming upstairs and telling Lord Bellamy to go and make him a cup of tea. We must not get above ourselves. Know your place Scotland, listen to your betters, do as yer telt. Joking aside, it is technically known as Stockholm syndrome, a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy, sympathy and positive feelings toward their captors, to the point of defending and identifying with them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.It is a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual’s response to trauma in becoming a victim. Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself. When a victim believes the same values as the aggressor, they cease to be a threat.Battered-person syndrome is an example of activating the capture-bonding psychological mechanism.Stockholm syndrome is erroneously referred to as Helsinki syndrome.Helsinki syndrome is a case of group think and inattentional blindness to the negative in order to achieve some perceived benefit, a reference to the non-binding Helsinki Accords that attempted to settle post WWII Cold War tensions.

        • Gwangi

          Your victimhood myth is hilarious. Scotland becoming united with a country it had close contact with for 1000 years benefited Scotland massively! Any sane historian can tell you that. To portray yourself and the Scots as somehow captors being abused just shows how weird, irrational dishonest and bonkers Scots Nationalists are.
          It was indeed the English and the Union which freed Scotland from the oppression of upper class brutes like Robert the Bruce et al and liberated the ordinary Scottish people and gave them opportunities. Scots were oppressed and exploited by SCOTS, you dunce! Your version of history is about as fact-based as Star Trek.

      • Gwangi

        All the SEPARATISTS have to offer is dependency and decline – backward looking and totally devoid of ambition or aspiration.
        Add to that bigotry, racism, backwards socialism, a one man one party state, and constant begging the EU for subsidy as Scotland gets poorer and poorer. Yep, the Nationalist dream.
        This idea that Scotland could be like Denmark or Sweden is nonsense. It does not take into account the culture of the people of Scotland. It might be more like Albania – or Bosnia maybe, with its religious warring tribes. Or like Iraq – with worse food and uglier women maybe…

    • Malcolm McCandless

      “they”?

      It shows that George is not one of us, he is one of “them”.

  • Alex

    When he says he was told to ‘get back to England’ by an SNP supporter. I simply don’t believe him. Who cares about anecdotal evidence when it comes from George, he is such a wonderful orator, he would never play or our fears or distrust would he. How dare he push the sad old anti-English line. The JK rowling line. I am suprised he didn’t bring along a few kittens.

  • benbecula

    ‘We were people together on a small piece of rock with three hundred years of common history, and that’s what they want to break up.’

    – 243,610 km² , not exactly a small rock.

    ‘This is the first time ever that people in a small country where everyone speaks the same language are being asked to break up..’

    – Not everyone spoke the same language at the beginning of the Union, in fact Gaelic was the only language spoken in the Highlands , and now extinct there.

    “I am tired of being called a quisling, or a traitor…I’ll go wherever I like in these islands or anywhere else and speak my mind.’

    – “Sir, I salute your indefatigability, your courage..”

    ‘There’ll be havoc if you vote yes in September, havoc in Edinburgh and throughout the land, and you’ll break the hearts of many others too.’

    – This not Iraq, Mr Galloway.

    ‘They want you to re-fight a battle seven hundred years ago between two French speaking Kings with Scottish people on both sides. I prefer to remember a rather more recent battle…’

    – Nobody is fighting battles, this the natural course of democracy.

    ‘If we had not stood, but capitulated, like others had done before us, we’d be having this meeting this evening in German, if we were going to have it at all.’

    – But George, your mother’s side remained neutral throughout WW2.

    George Galloway addressing the mass murderer, Saddam Hussain.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIy_GmvUElE

  • Malcolm McCandless

    As I said Tommy Sheridan is better …………

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8HE_9Jjhyo

  • http://english-pensioner.blogspot.co.uk/ english_pensioner

    I can’t stand Galloway, and generally disagree with most that he says, but there is no doubt that he is a very powerful speaker. Pity there’s no one in the government with a similar talent.

  • Peter Arnott

    Astonishing. The UK establishment has reached the point of panic where they are looking to George Galloway for salvation. Jaw on floor.

  • David Eanraig

    This man came to Coatbridge the other night (a well known catholic town )and tried to use religion to win votes.This isnt Northern Ireland, the catholic and protestants get on well in this town but this prat tried to divide us,knowing damn well there is more catholics here than protestants.Also , as things stand ,so far this idiot is the only person i have seen bringing religion into the whole independence debate Go away George , we are trying to get rid of sectarianism we dont need people like you bringing it all up again.

  • Iain Hill

    Dear George

    I have supported you often in the past. I voted for you. I donated money to your party and I admire your indefatigability! (Is that a real word?)

    Alas I could not hear your speech, but I wanted to draw t your attention to some of the things which would need to be fixed were the UK to survive. I think you will support many of them so your defence of the Yookay puzzles me:

    A people’s constitution: enshrine inalienable rights
    Rebalancing of corporate/individual interests: through legislation
    /regulation/taxation
    Reform of taxation: progressive, no exceptions, no offshore,
    wealth tax
    Citizens rights: freedom, fair open trial, habeas corpus,
    Minimum mandatory financial support level for all citizens
    Judicial review of unworkable ideological policies eg bedroom tax
    Multicultural understanding: guidance and statutory provisions
    on tolerance, encouragement of diversity
    Default for peace: constitutional limitations on war making
    Genuine, wholehearted participation in a reformed Europe
    End of the royal prerogative
    Restructuring of parliament
    Proportional representation everywhere
    Obligatory MP personal link with constituency [residential or
    business] and restriction to two terms for all MPs
    Constituency manifestos, linked to elector recall if breached
    Radically diminish the power of parties: abolish altogether?
    State bank to direct worthwhile infrastructure investment into the
    appropriate sectors and regions
    Radical banking reform: separation of retail from casino banking
    Decentralisation of powers/authority: principle of subsidiarity
    Reform of the BBC: taxpayer control, end of propaganda

    Reform of the UK

    A people’s constitution: enshrine inalienable rights
    Rebalancing of corporate/individual interests: through legislation
    /regulation/taxation
    Reform of taxation: progressive, no exceptions, no offshore,
    wealth tax
    Citizens rights: freedom, fair open trial, habeas corpus,
    Minimum mandatory financial support level for all citizens
    Judicial review of unworkable ideological policies eg bedroom tax
    Multicultural understanding: guidance and statutory provisions
    on tolerance, encouragement of diversity
    Default for peace: constitutional limitations on war making
    Genuine, wholehearted participation in a reformed Europe
    End of the royal prerogative
    Restructuring of parliament
    Proportional representation everywhere
    Obligatory MP personal link with constituency [residential or
    business] and restriction to two terms for all MPs
    Constituency manifestos, linked to elector recall if breached
    Radically diminish the power of parties: abolish altogether?
    State bank to direct worthwhile infrastructure investment into the
    appropriate sectors and regions
    Radical banking reform: separation of retail from casino banking
    Decentralisation of powers/authority: principle of subsidiarity
    Reform of the BBC: taxpayer control, end of propaganda

    • Iain Hill

      Sorry about the duplication! Machine problems.

  • zanzamander

    And if GG has his own way and we have the same debate in another three hundred years time, we’d probably have it in Arabic, nothing wrong with that, I’m sure Arabic is a wonderful language and would contribute enormously to our literary, scientific and artistic wealth just like it has done in what is now the Arabic world.

    • Simon_in_London

      The SNP programme does seem pretty similar to that of Galloway’s beloved Ba’ath; just substitute ‘Scot’ for ‘Arab’. I suppose Galloway prefers pan-British socialism to merely pan-Scottish socialism, though.

  • Stuart

    If the answer is George Galloway then the union is not worth saving.

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