Category Archives: Scottish Independence Referendum

Civil Disobedience

A nation betrayed Looked at dispassionately, the poor and the downtrodden of Glasgow and Dundee voted overwhelmingly Yes to improve their lives under an independent Scotland. The well off and the highly influential tended to vote No, and won, thus … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Declaration

“For as long as a hundred of us remain alive, never will we, on any conditions, be subjected to the lordships of the English. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but … Continue reading

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Scots Versus Irish

Listening to Mary Lou Macdonald in a television interview, leader of the Irish social democratic party, Sinn Fein, I was struck by how unselfconsciously she used the phrase English nationalist, rather than British nationalist. She was not, after all, referring to … Continue reading

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Scotland and UDI

“A referendum that has a clear legal basis, agreed to between governments, that is regulated by law and consistent with democratic and rule of law values, is the surest – perhaps the only – way to deliver a result that is fair, … Continue reading

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The SNP’s Moral Stance

An act of resistance is a moral act. When you take a moral stance, you are acting out of conscience. Your imperative, your motivation is to attain justice for a group or an individual, not for the political or the … Continue reading

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The Rise of the SNP

I was certain we would lose the first independence referendum, so certain that I placed a £100 bet in William Hill at 7 to 1, to win the vote. I did the patriotic thing, the futile sacrifice. And why not, … Continue reading

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Bercow Bitchin’

I liked John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons. You need only compare him to Sir Lindsay Hoyle his anodyne, lugubrious, gloomy successor to see Bercow is a star. He is a guy at the opposite end of … Continue reading

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The Neutral Newspaper

The question I put is this, can a newspaper be truly impartial in colonial Scotland? How does it put neutrality into practice, even when its neutrality refers solely to partisan politics? How can it function as a truly Scottish newspaper … Continue reading

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Pandemic

Boris Johnson, prime minister of mirth, with a slogan fit for the side of a bus I cannot think of a worse time in this planet’s history, a pandemic, for so many countries to be landed with a right-wing demagogue … Continue reading

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Defiant and Disillusioned

The contribution below needs little introduction. He is angry and disillusioned. Accompanied by a portrait in six-point cap, his Twitter pen name is ‘Lochside’. I am guessing he lives quietly by some pleasant Scottish water and woods, hence the illustration. … Continue reading

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