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  1. Hi Wings,
    we've added you to our bloglist and hope you can add us to yours? Thanks for the comment,
    alba gu brath


  2. RevStu says:

    Cheers! You’ve been on ours for over a week now…


  3. Jim Chalmers says:

    re your story copied from the Herald  about a Scottish constitution. Iceland is currently drawing up a new constitution. Their method is interesting.  A panel of 25 ordinary citizens is collating input from anyone who wishes to contribute. See

    Could Scots do this?


  4. Christian Wright says:

    Someone named Ian posted a snippet in the telegraph, from your post on Alan Cochrane’s hypocrisy WRT gaulitergate, only to have it “disappeared” with 30 minutes by the principal. Not even the usual “moderated” flag. The whole the just never existed, I guess.

    Alan didn’t like it.

    The truth hurts, I guess.


  5. Robert Peffers says:

    Here is a wee potted Scottish History
    Use it if you wish.
    I leave it in just plain text.
    Do not post it on NNS, though you may post a link there back to on your own site.
    Keep up the good work.

    A Very Bad Marriage.
    Scotland had only really became a settled and united country since 1237 with the Treaty of York. The agreement between the Scottish & English monarchs settled
    the Scottish/English borders. Then, in 1263 the Scots defeated the Norwegians at Largs and, in 1266, Norway ceded The Western Isles to Scotland with the Treaty
    of Perth. However, by 1292 when Scotland had tragically ended up with a crisis of royal succession, when Alexander III died at Kinghorn and was succeeded by
    Queen Margaret, (Maid of Norway). Then, in 1286, the Maid of Norway was drowned in a shipwreck as she arrived in Scotland and the rough wooing began.
    Scotland asked her next door neighbour, King Edward I, to help solve the problem of the disputed line of succession. Next door saw a chance for a marriage
    between the two countries, (in those days the husband inherited ALL the  wife's goods & chattels, (and the wife became a mere chattel too). Edward I granted the
    Scottish crown to John Balliol, at Norham on Tweed, in England, in 1291, and he, “Toom Tabard”, (empty coat), was crowned King of Scotland in 1292. In 1295
    Robert Bruce, (grandfather of King Robert), died and King John Balliol signed a treaty with King Philippe IV of France and began, “The Auld Alliance”. A promise
    between them of mutual help to fight the English aggressor. In 1296 King Edward took revenge for that treaty by destroying Berwick and slaughtered most of its
    15,000 population. The Scots were then defeated by English defenders of Dunbar Castle at the Battle of Dunbar and King Balliol abdicated at Montrose. Also, in
    1296, Edward I removed The Stone Of Destiny on which generations of Scottish Monarchs were crowned. Later, in 1296, Edward I summoned all Scottish
    landholders to a parliament at Berwick to sign what is known as, “The Ragman Roll”.
    However, these things did not go down too well in Scotland and some fought back. By September 1297 William Wallace defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling
    Bridge and a letter, sent by Wallace, and the Earl of Moray, to the Mayors of Lubeck and Hamburg said, “The Kingdom of Scotland has, by God's Grace,
    recovered by battle from the powers of the English”. 
    In 1298 King Edward I was avenged by defeating the Scots, led by Wallace, at the Battle of Falkirk. This was the first use by the English of, “The Longbow”. In
    1301 Edward I was lodged at the Convent of the Dominicans(Black Friars), at Glasgow's High Street, but the Scottish resistance continued and, at the battle of
    Roslin, in 1303 a Scots army of 8,000 routed an English army of 30,000 led by Sir John Seagrave. Also in 1303 France & England made peace which released more
    English forces to attack Scotland and in 1304 Stirling Castle, (the last of the free Scottish Castles), was captured by Edward I. The following year William Wallace
    was betrayed and handed over to the English. Wallace was brutally executed in 1305. Then, in 1306 one of the most significant events in Scotland's history happened
    when Robert Bruce murdered the Red Comyn on the alter steps of the High Kirk of Dumfries. This effectively settled the succession question but was to have terrible
    consequences. King Robert was outlawed and hunted. The Pope, the international authority of those times, urged on by King Edward I, had King Robert I
    excommunicated. With Scotland's King an ex-communicant, so also was the entire Scottish nation. The Pope ordered that every church service held in England were
    to read out a curse upon Scotland. King Robert I fought back and one by one the English held castles were won back for Scotland. In 1307 King Edward I died and
    King Robert pressed on winning battle after battle, including Bannockburn in 1314. In 1315 Thomas Dun, a privateer, sailed into Holyhead, captured an English ship
    and over-ran the island of Anglesay. Then in 1320, one of the most remarkable documents ever written was sent to the Pope in Rome, “The Declaration of
    Arbroath”. A document that is the basis of the legal system of Scotland to this day. The Pope ratified that document and, as the international authority, Scotland was
    accepted as an independent sovereign country, but with a difference that marks Scotland out to this day. As the King was ex-communicated he could not have the
    God Given divine right of Kings, (that is be sovereign). The Declaration not only declared Scotland free but it stated that in Scotland it was, “The People of
    Scotland”, who were sovereign, and they had the divine right of kings. Further, that, in Scotland, the sovereign people chose their leaders and could also dismiss them
    and choose another. The Scottish Monarch does not own Scotland or the Scots people but is their choice of leader and the protector of their rights.
    The story now moves forward to the Union of the Crowns 1603, Before the Union of the crowns the Princedom Of Wales had become an English Princedom and
    the title was either held by the Monarch, or by tradition, by the Monarch's first son. All Ireland was also under the English crown by an act of the Parliament of
    Ireland. When Jamie Saxt became also James I of England all four crowns rest upon the one monarchs head. In effect a United Kingdom but although James used the
    term the two countries resisted its use but the Monarchy, and English parliament, plotted to have an accepted United Kingdom. To this end they re-introduced and
    added to the, “English Navigation Acts”. These were meant to restrict trade with England and the colonies use of English ships and English Crews. These acts led to
    wars with several European nations and brought Scotland to her knees. With only English, or English crewed, ships able to deal with both Greater England, (Wales &
    Ireland), the Scots were at the mercy of English merchants. Not only did it decimate the Scottish Mercantile Marine but all Scottish export and import trade. You
    either paid what English merchants demanded for imports or did without. You either accepted what English merchants would pay for your goods or you let your
    food/or goods rot. This is what led to the Darian Expedition as a last throw of the dice for Scotland to obtain her own colonies. The English, aided by the Dutch, even
    fiddled that. The English promised that between them and the Dutch they would put up 50% of the funding for the Expedition. They pulled out of the deal after the
    ships and stores were bough and equipped, and the crews contracted and engaged. The Expedition was doomed before it started. Then our joint monarch ordered
    the Royal Navy NOT to aid the Monarchs Scottish people. There were Royal troops on the isthmus and these too were ordered NOT to aid the Scottish settlers.
    The expedition failed and Scotland was bankrupted.  
    And so the story moves to the period leading to the Treaty of Union of 1707, where threats, bribes and lies were used to get the treaty signed. However, those wars
    throughout Europe that the Navigation Acts caused had seen England with a massive national debt while bankrupt Scotland had NO national debt.
    So thus we had, “A rough Wooing”, “A Forced Wedding”,  and, “An Abusive & Unequal Marriage”. We are now about to have a public and messy divorce, and
    divorce settlement. Like all such marriages the abusive and bullying partner never understands why their partner finds it an unhappy marriage.
    © Robert Peffers.


  6. charlie says:

    You could usefully note that this Govt has created a petrol crisis when there isn’t one except the the one they’ve just created, much the same as the referendum. Call me old fashioned but it used to be the job of the opposition not the goverment to create a crisis



  7. Arthur says:

    Hi, wings
    We are a fairly new site, we have had it up and running for a couple months now, but we have been busy making a few tweeks to it etc. The site is mainly an archive of  news articles, blogs videos and images all related to independence for cybernats to use and share about the web and for them to help persuade others to vote yes and we even have a few members writting blogs for the website,  we also have a forum aswell for discussion. Which is open to everyone. We have added you to our external links and we hope that you could also add us to your own.
    I would also ask if it would be ok to re publish and add to our archive some of your material that we think may be informative on certain subject areas that could be helpful in the independence debate? of course a link to your website would be added and whatever material would be credited to yourselves.
    Even though we are a fairly new site, we have about 4500 unique visitors to our website each month. We dont ask for donations as the website is sponsored by a friends small business and will be continued to be sponsored up until the referendum, and we are not affiliated with any political party.
    Thanks and all the best


  8. Alex Grant says:

    Dear Rev Stu,
    Would you like to participate in a debate about a Scottish Constitution – with Lesley Riddoch,Patrick Harvie, Gerry Hassan and Elliot Bulmer plus others. June 28


  9. William Pirrie says:

    Dear Stu,

    Following your “Positive cases for the Union” can I claim to have found the only  one and that is if we vote to keep the union we won’t be landed with Johanne Lamont and Labour in control of all the  levers of state to control of the Scottish economy. Surely a possible candidate for a positive case.  Bill


  10. nae one says:

    Great blog, well written with good information and nicely present views / options.
    Dont let the B*5749Ds get you down
    Keep up the good work


  11. Pall Thormod Morrisson says:


    By Páll Thormod Morrisson

    It is a somewhat bizarre idea that a referendum on the independence of a country and nation should be dictated by the neighbouring state from which it might remove itself.
    But that is exactly what Scotland is supposed to accept.
       A far more sensible idea would be to have a completely separate and independent body to ensure that all things are handled fairly. Recently the Scottish Democratic Alliance approached the Council of Europe to discover its stance on this matter.
       A few days ago a British House of Commons report is said to have ‘provided further confirmation’ that the Scottish Government ‘has no legal right to hold a binding independence referendum’, presumably without England’s say-so. If further confirmation is required, it either suggests that the Scottish Government was not listening to the first confirmation or that the English position (as is often the case in most situations) is not as strong as its supporters would like to think it is.
       The report claims: ‘Any referendum must have an unchallengeable legal and moral basis, to avoid delays and challenges to the legitimacy of the process and its result.’
    It is a pity that Westminster in 1707 was not so observant of the law or the morality of the matter when they bribed the ‘parcel of rogues’ to sell out Scotland against the wishes of the majority of its population, with an enemy army posted at the border to enforce the ‘union’ if it came to that.
       The Memorandum submitted to the Council of Europe states: ‘The Government of the United Kingdom…is attempting to deny the legal right of the Scottish Government to hold the referendum, and insisting that it alone is entitled to undertake such a poll. It is also pressing for the earliest possible date for the referendum, because they estimate that there will be more chance of a negative vote if the poll is held as soon as possible. The situation is now wide open to the most blatant form of manipulation of the vote.’ A not unreasonable assertion on the part of the SDA.
       The 1989 Conference on Security of Cooperation in Europe declared:
     ‘[The participating states] confirm that, by virtue of the principle of equal rights and self determination of peoples, and in conformity with the relevant provisions of the [Helsinki] Final Act, all peoples always have the right, in full freedom, to determine, when and as they wish, their internal and external political status, without external interference.’
       The present position of Westminster with regard to Scottish independence is like your next door neighbour telling you whether or not you can use your own front door – a ridiculous state of affairs.
       Independence is the natural condition of an adult, never mind a country. Scotland is rich in resources and talent, something our neighbour has been singularly profiting from for far too long. If the relationship between Scotland and England can be imagined as a relationship between people, then Scotland has been treated like a child that requires an adult to handle all its affairs. The child has riches which the adult happily lives off and shamefully squanders, giving the child pocket money now and again.
       If you would not accept being treated like that in your personal life as an adult, why would you stand by and let that happen to you and your family in relation to your country? 


  12. I recently sent you some parables on Scottish/British politics. I now have 18. Do you wish me to send the others?

    Best wishes, 


  13. Aucheorn says:

    Rev. Stu
    Do you have a complete image of your header that I can download and display on my website ?
    I want to replace graphics and links to a “Now Not So friendly site”


  14. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

    “Do you have a complete image of your header that I can download and display on my website ?
    I want to replace graphics and links to a “Now Not So friendly site””

    The banner is at 1:1 resolution (there’s no higher-res version, it’s the size it appears onscreen), so the easiest thing to do is just grab a picture of it with your Print Screen button.


  15. Ally says:


    How about posting selected commets under the photos in “shiny happy people” in the same way as you did for the Scottish tories at Troon? Got many a good laugh!

    (Good work BTW)    


  16. Aucheorn says:

    I too would like to see Macart’s booklet.  My Dad was CSM in the Argylls July 1944.


  17. Turnbull Drier says:

    Long time lurker here. Great site by the way.
    You might be intrested by Paul McConVille thoughts on the “Legal Advice” issue..


  18. charlie says:

    Not sure this bit is getting followed up but would be interested in hearing more about Scot Gov implementing no homelessness for anyone, rather than the UK policy which is just vulnerable females and families. Small point maybe but someone from a Glasgow homeless shelter was saying “this is impossible” in a new Scottish Labour way.

    Having worked in this  nonsense housing situation I think the SNP policy is the best way forward for all of the UK and indeed the civlised world, called me old fashioned..

    Have a Happy  and healthy New Year



  19. Rec X says:

    I am attempting to post a comment in a webkit browser.


  20. Fliss K says:

    Hi Wings Over Scotland,

    I’ve just found your blog and think it’s really great.  Whilst I’m undecided on the referendum, although slightly more towards a ‘Yes’ to independance, I’m keen for the debate to be laid out in a fair unbias way especially to young people.  Are you aware of any campaigns like this that are non-party political?

    Cheers, FlissK


  21. Rev. Stuart Campbell says:

    “I’m keen for the debate to be laid out in a fair unbias way especially to young people. Are you aware of any campaigns like this that are non-party political?”

    Well, this site isn’t party political. I’m not a member of any party and I have no idea who I’ll be voting for in the next election. But I don’t know if I can think of any site that’s completely unbiased. I’m not sure if that’s even absolutely possible – people tend to make a website when they have an opinion about something, not when they don’t.

    The nearest thing I can think of would be the “Referendum 2014” Scoopit site that’s in our links column, which just collects stories from elsewhere, both mainstream media and blogs. The curator is pro-independence, but the stories are taken from all sides of the debate.


  22. Scott Minto (Aka Sneekyboy) says:

    @Fliss K

    Hello Fliss. Thank you for coming to Wings over Scotland.

    If it is ‘non-party political’ you are looking for then the YES Scotland campaign is an all party, no party campaign and the equivalent on the No side is called “Better Together”.

    There are no “on the fence campaigns” that are neutral. There are plenty of think tanks and civic bodies claiming neutrality, however not all are really neutral. You kind of have to cast your net wide.

    I’m afraid this fishing around for information is par for the course. The No campaign have no benefit in laying out information in a fair and unbiased way as a lot of it contradicts what they are telling people.

    Although an independence supporting site, Wings tries to lay out the facts to back up its articles and make it easy for people to make up their own minds.

    We hope that you continue to visit wings and pass some of those undecided voters our web address and let them come here to see for themselves.

    Here are some links you may like:


  23. dadsarmy says:

    Fliss K:
    Even though I support Independence I’m hoping for more impartial sites to emerge. One I can think of from legal people in Scotland from different University law departments is:

    Meanwhile you’re probably best balancing mainstream media with the likes of this website and Newsnet Scotland, and perhaps Lallands Peat Warriors.

    Of the newpapers the Herald is probably the best; I think the editors / owners are anti-independence, but it runs some good articles to balance, or at least fairly impartial.


  24. Peter Mirtitsch says:

    I cut and pasted this from the SNP site, with a view to mentioning that I have not heard or seen anything yet on the news about this, nor do I expect to. I would not be surprised to hear nothing from the other parties in Holyrood…
    FM cleared by Ministerial Code report
    Thu, 10/01/2013 – 12:17
    Welcoming the outcome of Sir David Bell KCB’s inquiry into the First Minister’s conduct over the issue of legal advice surrounding an independent Scotland’s continued EU membership – in which the First Minister was again found to have acted entirely in accordance with the Ministerial Code – SNP MSP Aileen McLeod called on opposition politicians to accept the outcome end their run of baseless accusations and smears.
    Commenting, Ms McLeod said:
    “Sir David has investigated this matter thoroughly and concluded that the First Minister acted in accordance with the Ministerial Code. As he points out, the conclusion of the Edinburgh Agreement provided the right context to obtain advice from law officers – which is exactly what the Scottish Government has done.
    “Time and time again, opposition politicians – unable to do their own job properly – have resorted to baseless accusations and personal insults, rather than debate the substantive issues themselves.
    “We have now had six referrals under the ministerial code – and in all six cases, the independent verdict has been that the First Minister and his Ministers acted in accordance with the code.
    “There are so many pressing issues facing this country, and at the start of the New Year our opposition politicians should be resolving to offer a more positive and grown-up debate that the people of Scotland deserve.”


  25. muttley79 says:

    @Rev Stu
    Do you have my e-mail address?  If you do then would it be possible to e-mail me  to give me your address, and who the cheque should be made payable to (if it is different from your name)?  Thanks.


  26. Dave McEwan Hill says:

    Something like this

    Shortcut to Wings (2)


  27. Aucheorn says:

    Please let me have your bank account no.  I have set up a Paypal subscription but I would prefer you got the whole amount. through a Standing Order as you said no fees at either end,
    I have just noticed my website is wrong it should be can you change please.


  28. Adrian B says:

    Rev, can you have a look at the stuff Pete Wishart is tweeting about Labour and the word “separate” not being allowed in a debate title by the House of Commons, also has huge implications for Scottish Affairs Committee – must be a BIG story here?
    He also tweeted last night:
    “Every constituency chair from every Scottish Conservative constituency invited to number 10 tonight. Hmm!”
    WTF is going on?


  29. Dave McEwan Hill says:

    I have on some authority that the deputy editor is presently at the helm in the Herald. This might explain the total absence of the malevolent Magnus in today’s edition and a tiny inside piece only in yesterday’s plus a much more balanced constitutional debate in its pages all this week – and particularly in the letter section.
    I’ve actully bought it again this week.
    Of course the editor and Magnus might just be away bonding somewhere at the moment.
    But then again the proprietors may have noticed the need for two craven apolgies over the last few weeks over front page headlines that were total bollocks and decided enough is enough.


  30. gerry parker says:


  31. Cuphook says:

    Hey. I’ve written something that you might want for your ‘And Finally’ on a slow news day. Mail me and you can see what you think.


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