“Generally, people do not know what is happening. And they do not know that they do not know.”
Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, philosopher, and political agitator.
This is a personal essay site on Scotland present, past, and future.
The opinion, observations, polemic, satire, and topics chosen are those of a social democrat, and something of an anarchist. Essays are not always hard politics, they cover film reviews and the car industry, one of the biggest lobbyists of government in the world. Essays give space to develop ideas. They assume readers are intelligent.
Extensive experience in the arts in Scotland, England, and abroad, particularly the USA, has given me a perspective of Scotland’s political and social deficiencies. Back home, forced to deal head-on with the inadequacies of an essentially subservient nation, I end up arguing with money men in London who don’t give a damn about Scotland.
My career spans theatre production, television and film and journalism. Most recent books are published by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Raising finance for the arts in Scotland, and some charities, has accrued over £5 million pounds, and lots of work for talented individuals.
Chronologically my vocation began as a student of theatre, (and philosophy) to teacher and lecturer of drama, broadcaster for BBC and commercial radio, to founder-artistic director of a national theatre still flourishing, a few years an unhappy BBC television executive, then radio, but most recently producer-writer-director of filmed drama. Between times I watch my fine daughters develop and mature, and I design gardens. Since Scotland lost its sovereignty a second time I curse a lot, and don’t suffer fools.
In one sense, it doesn’t matter who I am so long as what I write has honesty and truth as its guide. Most can spot integrity. Telling people you have status has a way of adding false weight to an opinion. ‘Grouse Beater,’ as much sobriquet as pseudonym, protects family each known publically, independent thinkers who often disagree with me.
These essays are an expression of resistance against those denying constitutional reform to the people of Scotland, the very same who say they admire Scotland yet do all they can to block progressive democracy and individual happiness.
Talks and visits
I accept invitations to give a talk, or question and answer sessions. Contact me by posting your enquiry on the comments section below, or direct to me on Twitter.
House rules: The site is open to comments and exchanging ideas. Opposing arguments are welcome but not disputes. No trolling, slander or libel. I allow access to those who I adjudge genuine. Keep in mind it’s my website. If you don’t like it create your own.
As a professional author, essays are copyrighted. I don’t publish other people’s articles though I may draw attention to them on my Twitter site. Borrow passages or quotations, but don’t reprint entire essays for commercial gain without my expressed permission.
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