Category Archives: Scottish Independence Referendum

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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An SNP in Disarray

On the offense, not the fence If I have an immediate, abiding image of the normally handsome features of SNP MP Angus MacNeil, it is the early one in the photograph above. Caught by the House of Commons cameras, MacNeil … Continue reading

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Ireland United

Sinn Féin won 37 seats in Dáil Éireann, a sensational breakthrough for a once reviled political movement. Suddenly a united Ireland looks possible. The win gave a momentary boost to Scotland ambitions. There is irony here. Northern Ireland, not just … Continue reading

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Leadership

Nicola Sturgeon’s speech yesterday to the troops could have been telephoned in, so lacking was it in inspirational leadership and political guile that it caused an immediate backlash from people who rightly expected more. This was supposed to be the … Continue reading

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Nandyism Scotched

It is not often I publish another’s writing in full on this site, in fact, not at all, but I am delighted to make an exception for this letter that appeared in a blog written by Mark Frankland, a man … Continue reading

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