Category Archives: Scottish Politics

Of Shills and Spooks

“And there they are, a hundred thousand protesting students, not rebels, not vandals, not anarchists, just peaceful marchers demanding their government allow greater democratic rights. And how we cheer them along!” Narrator Bob Danvers-Walker, Pathé News, describing a 100,000 marchers … Continue reading

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Clergy – a review

This is one hell of a savage movie, a full frontal attack on the Catholic Church, specifically an attack on the Catholic Church of Poland. In Poland the Catholic Church and the ruling political party have condemned it – the … Continue reading

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An Orkney Visit

The visit was limited to the Orkney mainland, only a few days and over twenty-five years since my last, back then shimmering in sultry heat to film a documentary about the  Italian prisoners of war and their unshakeable links with the U-Boat … Continue reading

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Brexit Resignation

At the back of my mind there is the anxiety people will get so bored with the daily diet of Brexit stodge going around and around the gut getting nowhere, its deleterious impact will lose strength and voters will forget what … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Clearances

In my essay ∗The Sorrow and the Shame (∗ the link is at end of this piece) I discuss some of the issues that caused and helped protract the infamous Highland Clearances, an attempt at ethnic cleansing in any dictionary, … Continue reading

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The Power of the SNP

Open a newspaper any day, any week and you’ll read any number of right-wing inspired news smears of the SNP claiming it an authoritarian party, so right-wing it’s fascist. Since newspapers are predominately right-wing you’d think they be very happy about … Continue reading

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Defoe the Union Spy

Daniel Defoe left his mark on the world in two ways. Among many novels mostly forgotten with the exception of ‘Moll Flanders’, and an entire recycling plant of political pamphlets largely forgotten, he wrote the much filmed novel Robinson Crusoe. More’s the pity … Continue reading

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