The Dumbest Dog in the World

12 December 2013

That’s Duggy Dug, the latest champion of the campaign for Scottish independence. For some reason Brian Cox – the actor, not the physics professor – has decided to put his voice to this cringetastic calamity.

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Duggy Dug (even the name is grim) is not, mercifully, part of the official Yes campaign which, given his plainly limited mental capacity, is probably just as well. His argument is so stupid – and misleading – that one wonders if Duggy Dug is actually a Unionist fifth columnist.

Then again, he’s not much more embarrassing than some of the members of the Scottish parliament whose grasp of elementary concepts would be considered astonishingly weak if such disappointments still had the power to disappoint or astonish.

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  • Two Bob

    Put it to sleep

  • HJ777

    Yes, it’s up there with “you’ll get to retire earlier and will have 5% lower energy bills if you vote for independence” arguments. It is designed to appeal to the stupid.

  • CraigStrachan

    Don’t know about dumb, but Duggy seems a wee bit evil, when he narrows his eyes and cackles about Scotland defaulting on its share of the debt. (You start to see how Scottish independence could provide a Lehmann moment, to the power of ten.)

  • Wessex Man

    This garbage is not worth a debate.

  • justejudexultionis

    The union is dead already – so why are we arguing about it? Scotland and England will continue to drift apart whatever the result of the referendum.

    • HJ777

      It’s very much alive and most people are strongly in favour of it in all its constituent parts.

      • James Kelly

        Given that the average anti-independence vote in Scottish referendum polls currently stands at 49%, you’d be hard-pressed to justify that claim. Most people in Scotland aren’t even clearly in favour of the union (they’re either pro-independence or undecided), so how you can suggest they’re “strongly” in favour of it is utterly beyond me.

        • HJ777

          Of course it’s utterly beyond you – you want it to be.

          Conveniently you interpret ‘won’t says’ as ‘undecided’. As pollsters know, most do know, but just won’t tell a stranger.

          Compare the numbers amongst those who are prepared to tell a pollster their opinion to see the true picture.

          • James Kelly

            If you want to extend the point of pedantry, some of the people who don’t say Yes or No are in fact ‘won’t votes’. Many of them are indeed Don’t Knows, though. Most people do know how they’ll vote – and that’s why the vast majority of people are giving pollsters a Yes or No answer. So that’s a circular argument that takes you precisely nowhere.

            “Compare the numbers amongst those who are prepared to tell a pollster their opinion to see the true picture.”

            OK, let’s do that. The average poll numbers with Don’t Knows/Refuseds/Won’t Votes excluded are 40.1% Yes, 59.9% No. According to Ipsos-Mori’s recent poll, 23% of current No supporters say they may consider changing their mind. You can do the maths for yourself – whichever way you cut it, the majority of people in Scotland cannot possibly be said to “strongly” favour the union.

            • HJ777

              You will always cut it to favour your preferred interpretation, you mean.

              But you’ll be proven wrong next year.

              • James Kelly

                Ah, so now we’ve moved on to the Nostradamus part of the routine – never let it be said that Brit Nats are anything but predictable. Unlike you, I don’t actually profess to have any foreknowledge of the referendum result. But your latest attempt to shift the goalposts won’t wash any more than the last one. Your original claim was not that the Scottish people would ultimately decide against independence next year after weighing up all the arguments, evidence and (let’s face it) propaganda put before them during the campaign, but rather that they are “strongly in favour” of the union right now. The only place you can go looking for any evidence of that claim is in the opinion polls – and unfortunately, as I demonstrated earlier, those polls fairly conclusively show it to be wrong. Sorry.

                • Two Bob

                  On this subject I am impartial. And as an impartial observer I think you are talking out of your backside.

                  So erm… where is your evidence?

                • James Kelly

                  As an impartial observer of your lack of impartiality, I have to say I’m deeply unimpressed. I’ve already given the three key pieces of evidence – the average raw anti-independence vote stands at just 49%, even with Don’t Knows excluded it stands at just 59.9%, of whom (according to Ipsos-Mori) almost a quarter may change their minds.

                  I hope it’s beginning to sink in at the second time of asking.

        • Two Bob

          Alot of things appear to be ‘beyond you’.

          • James Kelly

            Glad you got that vitally important additional sneer off your chest, old chap. I do hope you’re feeling better.

  • Jabez Foodbotham

    Well it’s hardly a secret that Massie has a dug in this fight.

  • asalord

    “misleading” arguments? He surely is a unionist.Or maybe he’s just written an “article” about victimhood.

  • Swanky

    He could just as well have been called Booby B00b (‘dug’ being an archaic term for t=at or t*t).

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