by Johnny McNeill – unpublished author of ‘Gaslighting Gilligan‘ (© 2017 – free download – released via Berlin on 25th June 2017).

“Those who deceive will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived”. Machiavelli.

Got to say, as welcome as #NoToYes converts are to Scottish independence, I’m very wary of media-specific ‘converts’ – particularly one who was author of ‘The Vow’ – Murray Foote;

“As the newspaper editor responsible for ‘The Vow’ you may be surprised to hear I’ve always been sympathetic to Scottish Independence – but on balance I never considered it the universal cure for Scotland’s social ills”.

(And there’s the stand out problem with that statement; “I”. And “sympathetic”; that’s awfully fucking big of him!)

Just who in the blue blazes does he, did he think he was sat on-high to exalt his personal opinion as ‘fact’ upon the rest of us? To platform-crash a coach and horses through the Purdah period to “shape events and change opinion” with ‘The Vow’ – a propaganda masterclass in manipulation and voter expectation management – at a time when polling had revealed Scotland could be on the cusp of a Yes vote?

And which if we all remember afterwards, was drip-fed on spin-cycle routinely by the ‘Scottish’ Westminster Party branches and their Unionist-media outlets, flanked by a raft of gaslighting-media ‘Flying Monkeys’ claiming to have delivered ‘The Vow’, when clearly no such thing ever happened.

“Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong”. Machiavelli

So rather than go all weak at the knees and start with all the singing and the happy-clappy ‘Kumbaya’ around the campfire, let’s calm our jets shall we?

Can we all just for the sake of our own sanity, not just decide to wilfully brain-fart away 300 years of British Colonialism and the fact that the British State is a formidable, accomplished propaganda (& military) machine that’s raison d’etre is to subdue its opponents, doing so primarily in their own minds; often by fake acts of admiration (celebrity love-bombing, Saltire on No 10 & Imperial Masters Glasgow Tour!) and getting its opponents to feel sorry for them (victimhood) and/or to instil in the ‘lesser’ partner, a conditioning to perceive themselves as morally and capably ‘inferior‘ and therefore in need of and be guilt-shamed grateful for the ‘superiors’ acts of (entitlement) ‘benevolence’. Sound familiar?

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. Sun Tzu.

We would do well, if we’ve any consistent sense, to remind ourselves that Scotland has a mind-boggling wealth of natural resources and it is that wealth that underpins and puts the ‘precious‘ in precious Union.

And so we mustn’t be naive. We must consider that ‘former’ British State media-acolytes, may attempt to use their ‘respected, converted’ roles to influence and channel us into a ‘compromise’, to somehow tie us to Westminster under a ‘Devo Max’ settlement (in all but name) i.e. under a ‘Government of National Unity’ that in time and with unfolding events finds a path winding itself all the way back to the status quo; to introduce ‘One Nation‘ legislation that prevents full, irreversible and normal State independence for Scotland.

We need to be able to trust unreservedly these crucial media figures that have such influence on shaping our reality; how we perceive the world and they us, doing so safe in the knowledge that regardless of whatever sociopolitical differences & difficulties we encounter along the way, are promoting an independent Scotland’s, socially productive and peaceful interests.

So personally, whilst I wish these ‘Scots’ media-figures no ill-will, I’d prefer it if those who’ve actively participated in the Union’s 2012-onwards propaganda campaign, on behalf of another country’s Parliament against Scotland, are – post-independence – never let anywhere near a mainstream media camera, microphone or newspaper outlet in Scotland ever again.

This isn’t out of bitterness or retribution but pragmatism regarding media-people who as big boys and girls in 2014 knew full well they were lying to the people of Scotland and have done ever since but who’ve only now had their ‘Road to Damascus’ miracle moment because it affects them (& their children) directly via Brexit.

Though for some, whose shoes are most definitely not a place to be, may have realised for themselves or even been briefed that the ‘Gaslighting Gilligan‘ game is up and that #ToryAnalytica’s failing #BrexitCoup d’etat is a busted flush which will in due course, karmically, unceremoniously expose itself and it’s protagonists for the democratic-sham it always was…

“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish a dictatorship”. Orwell.

Scotland already has the media talent and experience of people we can trust; some are household names in the independence movement; many haven’t even left school yet.

So rather than risk our future on (being grateful to) the Union’s dinosaurs, let’s put the future of Scotland – in the future of Scotland’s hands…


‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ by Johnny McNeill; a contemporary dystopian ‘fiction‘ about the intrinsic, interconnectedness of both personal & State-political domestic abuse, was released from Berlin on 25th June 2017. It is copyright © 2017 but is a *free*-to-share public-service PDF download from here. 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇨🇦🇦🇺🇳🇿

Twitter: @GasGilligan