Category Archives: Scottish Politics

After Independence

The alternative title is, ‘Things to do in Scotland before you die’. This list is by no means a comprehensive, detailed agenda of priorities to follow once Scotland reinstates its autonomy. Asked in a recent interview what structures I’d like … Continue reading

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Countering Unemployment Post-Pandemic

This article was promoted by the press as written by Scotland’s former First Minister, Alex Salmond, naturally giving rise to speculation in some quarters it represents a sign of his return to front bench politics. In reality, it was written … Continue reading

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Reforming the SNP NEC

Grouse Beater is republishing the well considered article below written by former SNP MP, Roger Mullin in his blog ‘Independent View’.  He is seeking election to the National Executive Committee. (He was elected to the NEC days later.) The article … Continue reading

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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, … 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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BBC Black Arts

“Kirsty Wark is hosting a BBC documentary on the Alex Salmond case, and Dani Garavelli is presenting a ‘civil war in the SNP’ programme on BBC Radio 4. How fucking desperate are the BBC?”  Fiona Kabuki  The tweet above from … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Health Service

I could begin and end with the statement that the Scottish Health Service is second to none and not bother to fill in the middle because that’s the flat-out truth. There are other nations, such as Thailand, where the health … 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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