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Kriss Akabusi and friends save the union

7 August 2014

1:00 PM

7 August 2014

1:00 PM

Forget Alistair Darling’s debate victory. Forget the lack of Salmond’s currency ‘Plan B’. Forget the tonne of Scottish ink that savaged Salmond in print this morning (see Alex Massie in today’s Spectator for the best example). No, historians will pin-point today as the moment that Kriss Akabusi saved the union. Awooga, awooga.

It has become custom in any public debate these days to draw up a tiresome list of public figures who back one’s cause. ‘Stay Together’, which launched today, and includes celebrities who do not even have a vote in Scotland’s future, is classic of the genre. Akabusi is joined by the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Bryan Ferry, Parky, a brace of Snows, Mitchell&Webb, Andy McNab and Tani Grey Thompson. She’s always on these lists, without fail.

They may take our nuclear deterrent; but they will never take our luuuuvvies!

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  • Fenman

    At least their appeal is sincere emotional one stressing love of Scotland and not some sordid economic argument.
    We need to make the Scots feel wanted if we wan them to stay.

  • whs1954

    I will happily keep Kriss Akabusi, Mitchell, Webb and all the rest if only the Scots will take their 58 socialist MPs, of three different stripes, then dunk them in the North Sea or whatever else it takes to get rid of this drag on our governmental process.

  • Wessex Man

    We, the English shouldn’t do things like this, it’s embarrassing in the extreme, these luvvies may wish that the Scots stay in the Union but most of the English I speak to hope that the right result is reached in the Referendum and the Scots vote to go!

    • HJ777

      The Scots will, sensibly, vote to stay.

      It is just a pity that there is a not an option on the ballot paper for all the bitter, resentful, grievance culture, blame-all-the-ills-of-the-world on Westminster (they mean England, of course), CyberNats (i.e. people like Jambo25, Terrgles2, Allymax Bruce, etc.) to be given, and transported to, their own remote island somewhere off Scotland.

      Like Rockall.

      Scots would undoubtedly vote for that.

      • whs1954

        Sensibly for who? It isn’t a sensible solution for the English.

        • Wessex Man

          oh for heavens sake! he’as joking, we are still allowed to do that you know!

  • Phil T Tipp

    Bwahahahaaaa! Muppets!

  • william martin

    Lets hope it is a Yes vote if not we will governed by Ukip Tory coalition with the Ukip holding balance of power

    And you think it could not get any worse

    • 2trueblue

      IF they do get their independence then we will be rid of their Liebore MPs in Westminster. That would mean the Conservatives would not need a coalition. There are 40 Liebore MPs, and in total 59, 11 of which are Liberals from Scotland in Westminster. That is the only silver lining for us.

      • william martin

        Let us hope Scotland gets Independence best for both England and Scotland

        Regarding the liberal Mps maybe someone will go with Clegg because we do not want them

  • EppingBlogger

    Why is it that people who are not “white, married, middle aged, tax payers, UK resident, in work, not in the public sector” are regarded as having grater influence than those who are “sportsmen/women, BBC-friendly, public sector workers, single, young, media personalities, friends of Dave/Boris/Nick, non-English”.

    Of course I welcome any contribution to maintaining the union, but the press and media and the political class seem overly keen to have the support on certain members of siociety more than others, whos eopinions are routinely dismissed as irrelevant (even when, in this case, they mifght agree).

    Alex Dunlop has it wrong – the English etc do take a strong interest but we are not worth listening to, it seems.

  • allymax bruce

    ‘Akabusi is joined by the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Bryan Ferry,
    Parky, a brace of Snows, Mitchell&Webb, Andy McNab and Tani Grey
    Thompson.’ The same goes for Jagger Dench & Cowell; we don’t tell them how to run their lives, so they can just get lost!

    None of these people live in Scotland; what is it to do with them?

    • HJ777

      Referring to yourself as “we” again, I see.

    • The_greyhound

      They’re British, the same as you. You should try to take more of an interest in your country, and the world about you.

      • Whyshouldihavetoregister

        He’s a cybernat. Too busy masturbating over pictures of Wee Eck to take an interest in anything interesting.

    • Phil T Tipp

      Absolutely nothing! And naebody’s listening to them! lol, muppets.

    • 2trueblue

      Scotland is currently part of the UK, so it affects all who live in the UK. Those of us who are not Scottish do not have a say, but Scottish people who do not currently live the (A Murray) do not have a vote either. If Scotland get their independence will he play for England?

    • william martin

      All these people are English so what the hells it got to do with them.

      P.S Darling said at the debate he was a scot and then said I am Scottish
      in Wikipedia it states he was born in London so whats that about
      No asset to Scotland him and Brown wrecked the pension system and sold the gold off

      Right pair of clowns vote YES

  • The Masked Marvel

    I have never listened to celebutards on political issues, and am not about to start.

  • CraigStrachan

    Rod Liddle signed it and all.

    • The_greyhound

      That’s enough to get me over my natural suspicion of anything signed by pop singers.

      Rod Liddle is a hero.

      • Jambo25

        That’ll be the Rod Liddle who described ALL Scots as drunks and junkies.

        • Richard Ferguson

          Come on Jambo, Liddle’s a professional wind-up merchant. The fact that he can take the p*ss out of us probably tells you that he’s more than comfortable with us.

          • HJ777

            But you forget that Jambo is a professional when it comes to being offended.

            Of course, he doesn’t mind dishing it out himself.

          • Jambo25

            Actually Mr Ferguson I don’t think Liddle was being all that satirical or tongue in cheek when he published that. Certainly when Starkey

  • Me, Manchester

    Akabusi never said ‘awooga’. That was John Fashanu.

    I mean, I know they’re both black, but…

  • FrankS2

    “…celebrities who do not even have a vote in Scotland’s future.”
    Even Scots not currently residing in Scotland have no vote on the future of their country – whether it be Scotland or the United Kingdom.

    • City Blue

      Not just Scotland’s future – Britain’s. We all have a stake in that.

      • FrankS2

        That’s what I said!

        • City Blue

          I was under the impression you were speaking of Scots outside Scotland not having a say. My point is that the English, Welsh and N Irish do not have a say in the potential break up of Britain either.

          • FrankS2

            You’re quite right, and a very good point.

            • City Blue

              We are violently agreeing with each other Frank.

              • FrankS2

                Wanna make sumfin of it, pal?!!

                • City Blue

                  Wouldn’t dare!

                • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fa4HUiFJ6c Shenandoah

                  Hilarious, you two! :^0

  • dado_trunking

    Orchestrated campaigns of Il-Sung-esk proportions always succeed.
    I predict tears and weeping on English TV in September, either way.

  • duyfken

    I reckon many or most of them don’t want to just back the cause but instead mainly want to be seen to back the cause, or anyway just be seen.

  • Alex Dunlop

    Why focus on Kriss Akabusi rather than Mick Jagger, Stephen Hawking and Judi Dench? It’s an impressive list, and fair play to them for bothering to take an interest, which is more than most other English people are doing.

    • Mike, Preston

      Agreed, I think it’s an admirable effort. I’ve just had a look at their website and it’s impressive. They make the point in a dignified manner that we really are better together and there should be more of this kind of thing from the English, Welsh and Northern Irish. Steerpike may cynically scoff that none of them have a vote – none of ‘us’, I’ve just signed up on their website – but whilst it’s a decision for the Scots to take it will have serious consequences for the rest of us. All credit to Kriss Akabusi and even Tony Robinson and Eddie Izzard (I never thought I’d say that about the last two people!), I’m happy to join them.

      • Jambo25

        David Starkey ? Google his views on Scotland and the Scots.

        • Wessex Man

          You’ve got to get out on the road pounding on doors not hanging around ! go go go.

          • HJ777

            I suspect that the “Yes” campaign doesn’t want him losing them any more votes with his efforts, so have asked him to stay at home with the curtains closed.

            • Jambo25

              You just couldn’t wait until I’d answered could you.

              • HJ777

                Well, as you ignore any inconvenient questions then I’d be a fool to hold my breath for your answers.

          • Jambo25

            I’d like to but I’m partially crippled.

            • HJ777

              By resentment, presumably.

              • Jambo25

                No. By a partially cut through spinal column.

                • HJ777

                  And, presumably, the Westminster government and the union is responsible for your disability.

                  After all, they’re to blame for everything else that is wrong in Scotland according to you.

                • Jambo25

                  You do realise that judging by a lot of your postings above that you are as mad as a hatter. Pinting things, on-line, like “At least she’s not married to a bitter twisted, hypocritical mental and physical cripple, unlike yours. I expect she cut your spine. Don’t blame her.” really isn’t normal behaviour. Please get help. Anger management classes at the very least.

                • HJ777

                  You started casting aspersions on my family and you will get such abuse back with interest.

                  Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it, hypocrite.

                • Jambo25

                  Your first problem is that you think you can name call and insult anyone you come in contact with without having to cope with any come backs. Your second problem is that you do not know where to stop. You simply cannot restrain yourself. Your third problem is that you are coming across as as mad as a hatter or in your case ‘as mad as a hater’.

                • HJ777

                  Your problem is that you like dishing it out but you can’t take it.

                  That and being dishonest, hypocritical and unable to answer any questions. Oh, I forgot, that is why you resort to personal attacks – you have nothing else to offer.

                  And now you have even started resorting to cod psychoanalysis.

                  Where will it all end with you?

                • Jambo25

                  Who mentioned psychoanalysis? Its been discredited for decades. I’m recommending help: not specifically any kind. I think I did mention anger ,management.

                • HJ777

                  Then what are you waiting for?

                  Get yourself off to someone who can help you, although I’m not aware of a specific service for solving hypocrisy and cant.

                • Wessex Man

                  You have the anger problems not him, calm down.

                • Wessex Man

                  You do realse that if you’ve got a partially cut spinal column doesn’t make you a cripple! It makes you diabled, just like me, I have lost two discs in my lumber spine and one breaking up in my neck, it causes me to lose all feeling in my legs much of the time and I have to be careful when walking but I do walk and try to lead a normal life. I will be driving to 20 miles to watch my Football Team today and scouting for them next Saturday.

                  I suggest that that your anger at everyone is caused by your injury but you need to get out more and stop feeling sorry for yourself!

                • Jambo25

                  Actually, I have the reputation of being an equable man with a rather sunny disposition. I’m partially crippled. I use the older term as I eschew the more PC terms. I still get about . I manage to walk a great deal in the Dumfriesshire countryside and still manage to get the odd 5 or 10 mile walk in when my wife and I spend time in Austria or Bavaria. It is, however, painful and I prefer not to aimlessly tramp round towns. I leave bitterness and anger to chaps like you and dear old HJ. You seem to have enough to go round for everyone.

        • HJ777

          Back for your customary snipe, I see, having avoided discussing Salmond’s TV debate embarrassment.

          Perhaps you are Salmond? After all, you ignore perfectly reasonable questions and play the man rather than the ball.

          • Jambo25

            I commented on it earlier. Notice you’ve nothing to say as regards why anyone up here should listen to Starkey given his previous comments on Scotland and the Scots. Perhaps it was just ‘banter’.

            • HJ777

              So Starkey has said some stupid things. Everyone knows that anyway. Perhaps you and he should set up a club?

              • Jambo25

                He’s actually appended his name to an appeal for us to stay part of the UK after insulting us. So has the lovely Ray Winstone, Rod Liddle and a number of others. It kind of undermines the whole thing.

                • HJ777

                  My daughter has insulted me many times. Should that mean I want her to leave the family?

                • Jambo25

                  I’m not related to Starkey, Liddle and Winstone.

                • HJ777

                  But Scotland is related to the rest of the UK as part of a union that has stuck together through thick and thin for over 300 years.

                • Jambo25

                  And which was radically weakened as a Union by the actions of London based governments form 1945 onwards. I would think if you divorced your wife it would be a blessed release for her. Possibly you could disown your children and do them a favour as well.

                • HJ777

                  At least she’s not married to a bitter twisted hypocritical cripple, unlike yours.

                • Jambo25

                  Poor woman. You normally only get a sentence of 11 -15 years for murder. Being bored to death for 25 years by a bitter and twisted gonad like yourself. That’s what the US Bill of Rights meant by ‘cruel and unusual punishment’.

                • HJ777

                  You twisted creep.

                  I don’t suppose you do anything for anyone else ever, so self-centred and bitter are you.

                  Unlike you, my wife and I are civilised human beings.

                • HJ777

                  Yes, those wicked London-based government that the SNP used to argue were keeping Scotland poor (necessitating independence) but under which Scotland has become rich (necessitating independence).

                • Jambo25

                  Those governments were the ones which held sole power up until the late 1990s.

                • HJ777

                  Under which Scotland became much richer despite the assertions of the SNP that they were keeping Scotland poor thus warranting separation.

                • GUBU

                  You should at least consider stopping her pocket money.

                  Particularly if she’s over 30.

                • HJ777

                  She has far more sophisticated and effective methods of extracting money from me than getting pocket money.

            • HJ777

              Bavarians and Swabians tend to be quite rude about each other.

              Which region should leave Germany?

              • Jambo25

                That’s up to Bavarians and Swabians. Incidentally Bavarians and Swabians aren’t that rude about each other. Its Northern Germans who tend to get it in the neck from Bavarians and Swabians and vise versa. I doubt if either would take kindly to being given advice by Hamburgers or Brandenburgers. In any case there is no underlying Bavarian nationalist movement possibly because they’ve had so much autonomy since the establishment of the Bunderepublik. Possibly if something similar had been done 70 years ago, in the UK we would not have the arguments now and might have missed out on the Northern Irish troubles

                • HJ777

                  Wrong on every count.

                • Jambo25

                  Drivel.

                • HJ777

                  I see you’ve resorted to shorthand. You just write the word drivel instead of writing your usual drivel. Saves time, I suppose.

                  Clear off out of the UK. You won’t be missed. Scotland is staying in the union and can do without bitter twisted creeps like you.

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