Monthly Archives: January 2014

“Devo-Max” Cousin of Max Headroom.

  What does “Devo-Max” mean in political terms? What is Devo-Max? Other than to limit sovereignty for the people of Scotland I have no idea. How many devolved powers add up to Devo-Max? Who knows? How many hairs constitute a … Continue reading

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Essays in Betrayal 1

Question: How do you demonstrate land you live and work on, and your forefathers before you for generations, belongs to you unless you have a piece of paper to prove it? Answer: Title Deeds. The bona fide farmer, the crofter, … Continue reading

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Laughing at Ourselves

  Scots are well able to laugh at themselves. Like Jews lampooning Jewish traditions and beliefs, the best jokes about Scots emanate from Scots. It helps us get through our daily vicissitudes. To my mind Billy Connolly was funniest when he … Continue reading

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Braveheart Shmaveheart

  The film, Braveheart, is an essential weapon in the arsenal of unionist derision. Massively popular worldwide, Braveheart won five Academy Awards and is shown on television regularly. The film arrived in time to coincide with a growing confidence in … Continue reading

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An Act of Union

When it comes to expressing his country’s hopes Seamus Heaney was adept at using metaphor to explain the longings of a people, the act of sexual congress as good as any. Here is a stanza from his poem, “Act of … Continue reading

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Of Trolls and Polls

  The Guardian’s generally excellent interactive website covers lots of topical issues, from movies to politics, from gardening to space exploration. A lot of its content amounts to trivial pursuits. And there’s two many conflicting articles; every opinion must be represented, … Continue reading

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Papier Mâché

  Until recently a depressing aspect of Scotland’s debate was absence of a United Kingdom newspaper in support of greater governance. A democracy needs a free press of different political persuasions to communicate opinion fairly and effectively. Scotland’s newspapers are … Continue reading

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