Robert Burns – The Radical, The Republican, The Revolutionary

Today is a special day in Scotland’s history and cultural identity. Every 25th of January since 1801 the birth of a Scottish icon has been recognised and celebrated. Robert Burns, often called Rabbie Burns by indigenous Scots, was born in Alloway, two miles from the coastal town of Ayr in the South-West of Scotland, on January 25th 1795. He was born into poverty and died in poverty living a relatively short life of only 37 years. He died on 21st July 1796. Yet from the age of 15 to his premature death Rabbie wrote over 600 poems, songs, letters and […]

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Yankee Go Home – Get Your Blood-Soaked Hands Out Of Venezuela

It is immensely frustrating to be unable to fully illustrate the rage and fury I feel while watching and listening to the grotesquely biased and prejudice dripping drivel which has risen like steam off a freshly laid tonne of manure from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News and all the American so-called news programmes in relation to Venezuela in the last few days. We have an American encouraged, financed and orchestrated coup taking place before our very eyes in Venezuela and all we get is a truckload of tripe from those entrusted with the job of news coverage. It […]

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The Time For IndyRef2 is Now – Use The Mandate, Name The Date

I was never a big fan of the comedian Bob Monkhouse. He was a Tory and supported Thatcher so that was enough to put me off him. However he did crack a particularly memorable joke that I was compelled to think about after watching the turgid BBC Politics Scotland show yesterday. Not long after the April 1992 General Election, held in the middle of an economic recession, on the back of the titanic poll tax battle and Thatcher’s forced resignation and with opinion polls consistently predicting a Labour victory, Monkhouse cackled on some Variety show: “I see Neil Kinnock has […]

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“The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable”

It was over 100 years ago that the remarkable and multi-talented playwright, novelist, poet and critic, Oscar Wilde, uttered the brilliant caustic observation above in relation to those who participated in the ‘sport’ of fox hunting https://www.radicalteatowel.co.uk/blog/oscar-wilde-fox-hunting-and-gross-indecency/ . He was indeed an Irishman of courage, wit and wisdom born way ahead of his time in relation to love, homosexuality and the injustices of inherited privilege. He is a treasure trove of profound quips worthy of detailed examination but his beautiful take-down of the fox hunting brigade is precise and impeccably appropriate. Another genius in the field of words and the […]

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There is no democratic mandate for a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ – But there is a clear democratic mandate for IndyRef2

According to my new 2019 diary it is only the 15th of January today yet according to the mood music from Westminster and the new resignation letters from the Tory Whips office https://www.rt.com/uk/448774-mp-gareth-johnson-resigns/ we are already in the last few days of May… Rejoice I say. Theresa May is a serial liar and a heartless Conservative deserving of the title ‘Malevolent May’ and therefore well suited to lead the Tory Party. She has been finished as a credible Prime Minister since her disastrous General Election result in June 2017. She entered that contest after ruling it out on scores of […]

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