Category Archives: Scottish Politics

Indy At Last – Maybe

In all the adulation, praise, faith, relief, disbelief, anger, cynicism and scepticism expressed these last hours, few noticed that Nicola Sturgeon’s solution to achieve self governance is handing over all the profound decisions of Scotland’s future to the British State, … Continue reading

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A Ferry, Scotland to Europe

SNP MP Douglas Chapman’s cheery face was presented to us on the front pages of some Unionist newspapers, most prominently The National, proclaiming the return of a continental ferry service from Rosyth to a European port “sometime in 2023”. Good … Continue reading

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Retribution

The calculated plotting by the SNP heierachy to jail an innocent man, followed by the illegal and shameful exhorations from Peter Murrell to Police Scotland – husband of Nicola Sturgeon – to hunt down Salmond, and the calculated delays of … Continue reading

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SNP: Tartan Tories

The pejorative term ‘tartan Tories’ was thrown at the SNP for years by the left-wing of the Labour Party. The SNP has always been left leaning – all its founders were socialists but with a reasonable understanding that the UK … Continue reading

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School for Scandal

When I asked a close friend, one of our most distinguished international architects, why his firm had not made a bid to design and supervise the build of new Scottish schools planned under the Labour administration, his answer was viper … Continue reading

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Tweedledum and Tweedledee

If there is any one policy critics of SNP ineptness can point to as emblematic of how the party has ripped apart a once cohesive movement by their inability to perceive fault lines in their competency, it is the Gender … Continue reading

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SNP and MI5

Campbell Martin is the author of ‘Was It Something I Said‘, an expose of the internal shenanigans of the SNP that saw some of its most qualified talent thrown out of the party, including himself. In his latest article Martin … Continue reading

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Grouse Beater Live! (Kinda)

A very nice American called Mark McNaught, living in France, who did not know any better, invited me to an interview. We talked a lot about films – or ‘fillums’ as we say in Scotland. And a bit about the … Continue reading

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A Journo’s Daydream

Together with Kevin McKenna, Iain Macwhirter is one of the few Scottish-based journalists, or columnists to be accurate, whom I can read without using a spittoon. That includes the few times they publish opinion without evidential justification. Macwhirter, after all, … Continue reading

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ALBA – ‘Onward!’

Though ALBA did not managed to a secure a council seat on its first proper outing as a new party working with meagre resources and a limited number of candidates, offering alternative policies from the docile one-decade-at-a-time SNP, they did … Continue reading

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