Letter from Denmark: The Dubliner

This is another excellent contribution from Peter Young of IndyScot News who writes with such obvious concern about Scotland. He clearly thinks we should learn from both Ireland and Denmark. I agree. Enjoy!

Letter from Denmark: The Dubliner

“Hey, it’s Gus here, you called?” The voice is unmistakably Scottish.

“Aye, we’re showing the game by the bar,” he tells me.

I hadn’t actually left a message, but Gus returned my call within five minutes.

After weeks of SNP leadership drama and various work deadlines, I needed tae get oot the hoose, as it were. Living in a rural setting working from home, you can easily forget which country you’re in – especially if you have a Now TV subscription. As a result, I’ve become far too engrossed in the liberation struggle across the North Sea, and anger isn’t good for the blood pressure.

An hour later I’m on the ‘Kystbane’ to Copenhagen. Today’s destination is The Dubliner. It’s going to be a father and daughter outing. She’s joining me for a lunchtime Scottish Cup kick-off.

I left a white landscape in North Sjaelland and emerged into a snaw-free city. It’s a brisk Nordic springtime day.

As mentioned, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time following the leadership campaign. But my sense of optimism after Sturgeon’s exit has been replaced by a sense of forboding.The campaign has revealed just how thoroughly corrupt and infiltrated the SNP has become.

The pedestrian street route to The Dubliner is crowded. At this time of day there are scents of Danish bakeries and coffee shops. The acoustics of old Copenhagen’s narrow streets enhance the sounds of the violin and accordion-playing buskers.

Tourist landmark Trinitatis Kirke with its famous Rundetårn tower is drawing in the crowds. There’s a large banner hung above the pedestrian street, Købmagergade. It advertises a history exhibition. One of those on the poster is Russian cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, in her flight suit and helmet. Is this the first thaw in the winter of European Russophobia? I do hope so.

Before you know it you’re at the famous ‘Stork Fountain’ – and 50 metres away from The Dubliner. It’s become clear to me why exile Scots integrate rather well into European nations. After following the schizoid world of Scottish constitutional politics these past weeks, it’s life-affirming for a Scot to visit the national capital of a normal nation. The five-point-something million inhabitants of this country suffer no identity crisis. No one moans about the streets signs, which are in their own ancient, minority, northern European language. And no one will ever suggest their nation is too inadequate to run its own affairs, or that it needs its neighbour to do that instead. Neither have Denmark’s renewables been sold off for a pittance by its leaders. 

What’s not to like about a country where you don’t wake up each day having to confront a ‘state of war’. What war is that, you may ask? Well, in Scotland’s case, the incessant information and propaganda campaign waged against our people by the state apparatus of our jealous neighbour. Not to put too fine a point on it, but our partner in Union behaves as a hostile foreign power.

Cash-cow, resource rich Scotland is too important for it to lose. Therefore the centuries-old lies and deceptions are still foist upon us. Worst of all, our nation has a whole class of quislings – paid salaries far beyond their dreams and actual abilities – willing to betray the common good of our people for self-enrichment. The quislings used to be found exclusively in the North British Unionist parties. These days it’s become clear that the SNP is overrun with them. The British state has not only been busy promoting regime-change coups abroad, it’s been over-active in Scotland infiltrating our institutions and subverting our democracy. 

In Denmark, individuals like this became outcasts after the occupation years of the Second World War. Treason and national betrayal are terrible crimes.

In The Dubliner I ask a guy near the bar if I’ll be in his way if I sit between him and the telly. “Naw, ye’re awright,” comes the reply in a Glasgow accent. Aye, whether or not you like the ubiquitous ‘Irish Pub’ format, on entering you experience a kind of Celtic refuge.

The young woman at the bar has that wonderful soft lilt in her voice, and the Guinness is flowing freely. Many of we Scots know nothing of our own history never mind that of Ireland. That’s why the decade of commemorations that began in 2016 has been an education – for those who’ve been paying attention. 

“In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom…

“Having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment and supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.”

The words of the 1916 proclamation are as moving as they are inspirational – especially when you consider the fate of the signatories. But of course, Irish aspirations were finally achieved through the ballot box at the 1918 general election. Instead of voting for the continuity gravy-train do-nothing candidates of the IPP, Ireland chose Sinn Fein – who stood on a platform of independence. The slow process of de-colonisation began. 

If by some miracle, Ash Regan is elected SNP leader, her ballot-box plan will need international observers if it is to be successful. The colonial state we are leaving, and which covets our resources, must no longer be given the opportunity to control our elections. This constitutional indignity must end. The robbery that occurred during the 2014 indyref must never be allowed to repeat itself at council, Holyrood, or UK election level.

The regime-change obsessed British state is thoroughly corrupt. If it feels it can incite violence and division in other countries, it will not think twice before subverting and destroying our Scottish democracy, while installing puppet rulers, supported by its fundamentalist ‘Taliban’ of orange-tinted loyalists. 

“I found something green,” my daughter says as she removes her coat to reveal an emerald top. She’s turned intae an affy bonnie lassie. It’s at moments like this that I wish my mother could have known her. Still, best not to dwell on that or I’ll become too wistful. But ‘kært barn har mange navne’, as the Danes say (‘a dearly loved child has many names’). My Glasgow maw will always be with her, in her middle name.

By now, late breakfast has become lunch – bacon and eggs – which they serve all day until 5pm. And yes, there’s chips with it. 

Anyway, as the SNP leadership race has been heating up, a clear choice has emerged – two candidates offer continuity devo-unionism. The other holds out independence through the ballot box. Most of us thought our only worry was perfidious Albion, but it turns out internal SNP party democracy has been outed as a binfire of cronyisn, corruption, and, well, cuntery – if you’ll pardon the expression. Rigged polls, bots, and rule breaking has become the modus operandi of the compromised careerists. With the whole thing being overseen by the truly apalling Peter Murrell – and the spooks of the British colonial state – it’s a recipe for disaster. 

This type of political corruption would never be tolerated in this country. There would be people on the streets. In fact, there are currently demonstrators on the streets of many European countries. They’re protesting everything from pension reforms (France), a bank holiday reform (Denmark), government ‘green’ policies (The Netherlands) as well as anti-war demonstrations in several European capitals. 

We Scots, though, sit and watch as our democratic hope of national liberation is dismantled before our eyes. Where is our anger? Where is our outrage? 

The psyop that is gender activism is running riot and it’s left to courageous women to fight yesterday’s battles all over again.

I’m glad we decided on The Dubliner. Ireland’s sons and daughters really have inherited a better life thanks to the sacrifices of the Irishmen and Irishwomen who stood up for their country’s freedom. Was it easy ? No. Were there divisions? Yes. But they were all united for Ireland’s liberation.

Having lived during the entire period of the Troubles, I was brainwashed into thinking that the Irish Tricolour was a ‘terrorist’ flag. I no longer see it like that, thankfully. It represents freedom from British colonial rule and is a visual representation of that island’s disparate communities.

There’s a roar as Mooy scores. I’m guessing there’s no many Edinburgh-born at the bar. The team from the East End of Glasgow is doing well at the intimidating Tynecastle Stadium. Sometimes fitba is a joy to watch. 

We leave as the patrons begin warming up for the rugby and take the scenic route past the old ‘Fisketorv’. The early spring sunshine is blinding. There’s hope and rebirth in the air. 

“That’s it there,” she says as we approach ‘The Storm Inn’. This is a small pub where her friend works. We’re just here to say hello. As we chat, we discover that Brexit has made it hugely difficult for my daughter’s barmaid chum to get Danish citizenship. Her parents are Irish and Scottish, and although she was born here, the fall-out from Brexit has made the entire process complicated. “I’m planning to apply for Irish citizenship instead,” she tells us. 

A weary couple enter The Storm Inn with two toddlers. They have well worn Welsh rugby tops on. The also have that look of haunted exhaustion that comes with parenting wee yins. My heart goes out to them. I’ve been there. I wish them and the Welsh dragon good luck as we leave. 

My daughter insists on walking with me to Nørreport Station. After a recent family funeral, I sense she’s aware that I’m at the wrong end of threescore years and ten. But it’s been mentally restorative to meet up in this foreign capital. She joins the other cyclists on the broad urban bicycle lane, I’ll be taking the train.

It occurs to me, that you could ask any number of the people around us how they would feel about a political union with Germany – and you’d either be laughed at or given a rude reply. Danes don’t need the ‘broad shoulders’ of their southern neighbour to support them. With arguably fewer natural resources than Scotland they are doing very well as an independent nation, thank you. 


Peter’s frustration shines through in this article. Like me he is looking for the spark of realisation and ambition for Scotland that must provide the leadership to lead a movement capable of driving Scotland towards full Independence. He is clearly dismayed that the election has revealed what a corrupt organisation the SNP has become. Like me he hopes for change, major change and under no circumstance supporting a “continuity” candidate that will just deliver more years of failure and division. I think the other thing to recognise and admire is the directness of the Sinn Fein posters. You knew exactly what the message was and what you were voting for. Scotland could learn much from that!

I am, as always



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28 thoughts on “Letter from Denmark: The Dubliner

  1. Really enjoy Peter Young’s style of writing; insightful, gentle, instructive and illuminating.

    Can we not make similar posters to the Irish ones? God knows we’ve got plenty of examples, and laid out in such plain terms, who could argue that we need independence and we need it fast?

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  2. Marvellous piece by Peter. I agree – those Sinn Fein posters were taking no prisoners. And I bet there were many, including in the IPP saying “we’re not a colony. That just insults real colonies”. Bah!

    If the contest closes on 27th I’d expect Kate Forbes to be the winner. If it is rerun the longer exposure to and more time to prepare/take media training would favour Ash Regan. However they started out the contest as friends and I believe will finish it the same way. Kate needs to give Ash a high profile role – I’d suggest Deputy FM and Constitution Secretary and send her out to reunite the movement.

    Still a day (heck an hour) is a long time in Scottish politics – who knows what will happen in the coming week. Though there are rumours it involves Plod…

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    1. Thank you. Tbh, it’s hard to see how this leadership election can have any legitimacy. Unless there’s a re-run, whoever wins may end up tainted by the process. Hoping Ash, as the most natural, un-coached pro-indy candidate, will push for a legitimate poll.

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      1. This farce cannot continue. We don’t know how many members there are, so how many are actually eligible to vote. We have no idea who have received ballot papers, how many are ghost voters set up to vote for the continuity candidate. We have one candidate receiving every advantage, from advance notice to allow time to plan, to dozens of helpers working for free and hustings packed with his supporters. It’s just a joke, though not a funny one.

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  3. Peter

    That is quite a skill!

    I was getting calmer and calmer as we travelled to the Dubliner and then I’m suddenly seething as we travel back to 1916 and the Irish struggle against London Rule. You then take me down a little, just a little, but leave enough anger to keep the motivation drive active.

    Thank you for another skilful roller coaster ride 😁

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  4. One slight quibble, I don’t think the Identity politics psyop is still running riot. I believe or hope that invidious endeavour is all but defeated. Certainly, it’s on the back foot and touch wood the revelations we are tantalisingly promised within the next couple of weeks will remove any residual fight from the professional activists that have ruled the roost for too long now.
    Whatever their shortcomings, the middle class humanities graduates that make up the ranks of the Trans activists are not short of vigour fuelled by fanaticism. They also have that precious commodity; time. A combination of the “Bank of mum and dad” and the fact that the androgynous wee freaks have never seen the inside of a gym.
    Mao harnessed the energy of the Red Guard to further the Cultural Revolution. Youth, ideological militancy and a disdainful rejection of moderation make useful traits in the short term.
    As the Gang of Four and now Sturgeon have found out, the tolerance of the masses to this rejection of established cultural norms and reality itself has limits. Once the extreme consequences of Identity politics start to impinge on the daily existence of the masses, a forceful counter momentum naturally coalesces.
    For us political anoraks it was frustrating to experience the apparent indifference of the general public to the foisting of dangerous Poststructural dogma. The “be kind” propaganda was able to temporarily camouflage the damaging consequences of denying scientific reality. The Adam Graham case brought the ramifications of this insanity to the fore.
    We owe a great debt to individuals who suffered and withstood the adolescent ire of Sturgeon’s hired thugs, not least Joanna Cherry.

    Vivian O’Blivion is now on Twitter. Feel free to follow before Craig Murray declares me a bot.

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  5. “The Scots were disenfranchised, just the same as the Irish…
    The English took away their language and killed off their culture ..
    They’re a Celtic nation just like the Irish, except they haven’t got the b***s that we have to fight for self-determination.” – Martin McGuinness.

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  6. Thank you for a really interesting piece – especially the Sinn Fein posters. Many years ago I worked in the Dingle Peninsula and during that time read, and was told a great deal about the Irish fight for freedom. They suffered tremendously but eventually succeeded in removing the English overlords and governing Ireland for the Irish.

    In Scotland we were not only treated with vicious cruelty following the ’45 but also 300+ years as an inferior out-post. And now we have to clear the decks and start again thanks to Sturgeon & Co. The fact that we are capable of a new beginning yet again says a great deal for Scottish determination.

    This time we’ll get there!

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    1. In many ways, GE 1918 was the political turning point for Ireland. The stars aligned for Irish very much as they did for Scotland in the post-Brexit aftermath. Love the posters.

      These two podcasters give a very good analysis of the political dynamics of the 1918 vote. Better Sunday listening than the BBC 😉

      “In this episode we look at the 1918 Westminster General Election. This was the first General Election held in the UK since 1910. The results of this election would see a complete transformation of political representation in Ireland. Sinn Féin, running on an abstentionist, Republican platform, would win a landslide victory throughout Ireland replacing the established nationalists, the Irish Parliamentary Party.”


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  7. As a Scot living in Ireland I have always been astounded that Scotland doesn’t look to the only country which has left the UK for inspiration. Ireland’s independence didn’t happen suddenly. There was a build up of Irish culture first. The GAA was founded to promote Irish sport (there is still no soccer played here) and it is still passionately supported every weekend. Traditional music was promoted and history and literature and of course the Irish language. There was no effort to be “inclusive”. It was all about Irishness. There is a distinct lack of Scottishness in the independence movement. Scotland must also be VERY careful not to repeat Ireland’s mistakes. The Civil War which immediately followed independence cost far more lives than the actual War of Independence itself. Independence will not bring everyone everything they want because compromises have to be made to achieve anything. That is why I hate to see people making promises about what life will be like after independence when that is up to the electorate (I hope). Independence should be sought on the basis of Scottish identity not a particular political viewpoint. The Irish campaign never mentioned the future politics of an independent Ireland. They understood that you will never get all the people to agree on the politics. What they need to agree on is independence. The rest comes later.

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    1. Very good point, Miranda. It was a period of reverse ethnocide in Ireland. Ethnocide is a word that is rarely used, anywhere, but it accurately describes English colonisation of the Celtic nations under the cloak of Britishness.

      PS Ireland’s fitba fans might dispute that no soccer is played there 🙂

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      1. Ireland’s fitba fans support English teams mainly. Seriously, there is no soccer league here and no soccer matches reported in the papers. It is all still GAA.

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    2. Yes Miranda, Frantz Fanon answered the question ‘what is Independence?’ It is ‘a fight for a national culture’. This depends on a peoples ‘national consciousness’ built upon thair ain naitional cultur and langage(s).

      The national parties here have yet to understand this, they still try to convince ‘soft no’s’ that the people will maybe be a wee bit better off. They should be explaining our oppression and warning that ongoing cultural assimilation and colonial exploitation always ends with a people and their culture (and nation) perishing. Independence therefore is about the very survival of ‘a people’ and nation which is of course priceless. Much as Peter’s excellent writing confirms.

      Fanon warns us that the national parties ‘understanding’ of what independence means will remain rudimentary’ until they undertake ‘a reasoned study of colonial society’. That reasoned study is summarised here:


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  8. A very well-written piece, thank you. Refreshing reading for a Sunday morning. I draw a (level) teaspoonful of optimism from between the worms in the SNP can in hearing both Regan and Forbes challenge the party processes and, interesting, the resignation of Mr Murrell. I look forward to reading informed commentary on this, here and elsewhere.
    Meanwhile I think of a couple of phrases from my time in Wales, often seen painted in the northern half of the land..
    “Cofiwch Dryweryn” [remember Tryweryn] .. the land grab and drowning of a valley, plus village, to create a water supply for Liverpool, woth no return benefits for Wales, let alone those displaced.
    “Dal dy dir!” [Roughly,”dal der deer”.. “hold/stand your ground/land”].. mostly referring to selling off land and property for second homes, thus “foreign” ownership.
    For me the spirit of “dal dy dir!” Is something we need very much here in Scotland, both literally and more metaphorically in preparing for a long campaign.
    Thanks amd best wishes.

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  9. Another good article from Peter and like most of us I am sure he is waiting for the next instalment of the bin fire that is Sturgeon’s SNP. I
    Must say , that after the amount of abuse I have received over the years for predicting exactly what is happening now , I am enjoying it immensely.

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  10. With the advantage of distance, Pete’s apparent confusion regarding our refusal here in Scotland to take-to-the-streets is personally very familiar to me. Speaking as a former long-term resident of Dublin, I know the Irish to be as fractious as any other people, and that a vocal, if non-representative, West-Brit mentality remains detectable, particularly in the media. But let no one dare talk-down Ireland! That much is tacitly agreed. That our overwhelmingly, North-Brit-minded, domestic media, often appears to revel in talking-down Scottish independence, is an observable fact. A fact further evidenced by the effective absence of Ash Regan from BBC Scotland’s weekend coverage of Murrell’s departure.The air-brushing out of the central protagonist in the momentous event was no accident; just as the inclusion of statements from ‘bit-players’ in Murrell’s departure, K Forbes (for trickle-down economic conservatism) and H Yousaf (for continuity (?)) was no accident. That the North-Brit establishment is clearly unsettled at the thought of a Regan (for independence) victory can only be a positive thing, which will hopefully be noted by all those amongst the SNP membership who genuinely want Scottish independence.

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  11. Bravo, Peter! Moving, inspiring, human, extremely informative – and beautiful writing to boot. I’d give anything to be able to buy a newspaper, one with a massive circulation, where I could read writing of this calibre over my Sunday morning coffee.

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