Category Archives: Scottish Independence Referendum

Patrick Matthew – the Natural

An occasional series on eminent Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten From the minute we were entranced by a bug on a rug, or wondered why blackbirds are black and gulls are white and live by the sea, we were told … Continue reading

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Collaborators

There is a lot of clearing up to be done when a nation throws off its colonial masters, banishing traces of the old order from indigenous institutions, reopening old mysteries, firing the inept. One among many tasks is to organise … Continue reading

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Suckering the SNP

How gullible can you be and still expect respect? There are two ways to treat the electorate: intelligent people, a few uninformed, or badly behaved infants wanting constant discipline. The SNP chose the latter. There’s a certain kind of naivety … Continue reading

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The Long Walk

The organisers called it a march for democracy but it was more a walk, not a leisurely stroll by any means, more a determined hike through the centre of Glasgow, past its great ornate buildings of empire loyalty, the not … Continue reading

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A Scottish Currency

 A Pound to a Penny In the two-match Referendum debate televised between combative Alex Salmond and soporific Alistair Darling, prior to Scotland selling its birthright for a second time in its history, readers will recall Salmond refused to rise to … Continue reading

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Sleeping With the Enemy

I have no idea why Scotland is rescuing England from its self. I think it startling to see the elected representatives of our ‘poverty-stricken nation – England’s colonial description, not mine – wasting time fighting a small section of the … Continue reading

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Taking Umbrage

At what stage does fair comment cross the line to defamation? What constitutes deliberate, malicious, concentrated attack on an individual’s integrity and honesty, carried out to such an extent it imperils or degrades that individual’s reputation? The verdict in this … Continue reading

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