Category Archives: Scottish Politics

BBC Scotland Goes Indy

The Great British Broadcaster, BBC, plans a dedicated television channel for Scotland. The fashionable sarcastic rider is to add ‘What a time to be alive’. Trumpeted as if an announcement of Queen Elizabeth’s belated abdication, newspapers dutifully parroted the BBC director general’s puffery unchallenged, repeating the … Continue reading

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Roots of English Racism

The one that got away Fascinated by the monumental presence of steam locomotives, it was always a marvel to me that the Flying Scotsman – the world’s most famous locomotive – was not called the Flying Englishman. With the dominant … Continue reading

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Scotland – Shut Up!

English politicians are apt to claim England as the greatest country in the world. The USA will disabuse them of that fantasy. The fact is, a wild-eyed narcissist tearing up the US Constitution and trampling on civil rights can blow us … Continue reading

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The Tartan Elephant

A colloquial cliché Last year saw an idiom become fashionable in daily conversation. Considering the mammal is destined to be wiped out it by ivory poachers, there were literally and figuratively herds of them everywhere. The phrase was … the elephant … Continue reading

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The Degredation of Englishness

In a very early brief rumination on the main attributes of the English character I touched on how many had forgotten what it is to be English, the English calling themselves British for decades. From the repulsive utterances we are … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Emigrants

The tale is in the leaving Why do so many Scots leave their homeland? It cannot be because some winters are harsh. Where do countries put all the Scots? There are hundreds of thousands down the centuries, emigrants by force and by … Continue reading

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Scottish Labour – RIP

A party without a conscience Scottish Labour has always believed in the supremacy of Westminster government. That belief has brought it to the point of extinction in the country that gave it birth. Paradoxically, against a tide of neo-con globalisation, … Continue reading

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