Category Archives: Scottish Politics

Scotland – a Colony Once More

The Tories make clear they have no respect for the Scottish Parliament. Never again will the line that Scotland is an equal partner in Westminster system be believed. The decision to act without our consent, and the manner of doing … Continue reading

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Once We Were Anglos

When Anglophiles proclaim they’re British and Scots, meaning not really proud to be Scots but wish they were English, I get an image of a prawn announcing it’s proud to be a Crustacean and a Prawn. Secretly it wants to be … Continue reading

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It’s the Economy, Stupid!

A question and answer interview with Grouse Beater I’ll begin with the obvious. You’re a writer, a creator, not an economist. So why am I interviewing you about Scotland’s economy? I judge what is right and fair and just for … Continue reading

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Of Scots, Gaelic and Inglis

Only a submissive nation thinks its indigenous language irrelevant   Memories of youth Many years ago, when I hadn’t enough beard to shave nor hair on my chest, a friend complained about Gaeldom being given a couple of million pounds … Continue reading

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The Newspapers Scotland Needs

Reporting the reporters We don’t have many journalists in the Scottish press. We have a lot of reporters. A good journalist offers insight and the benefit of his experience travelling the world. A reporter tells us this or that happened, … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Constitution

More myths than fly around a candle. (Inspector Clouseau) In a previous essay I attempted to draw attention to the myth promulgated by latter-day imperialists that Scotland annulled its parliament and sovereignty forever in 1707. (The tediously unreliable Wikipedia also gets it … Continue reading

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A War of Attrition

  The significant sentence in the quotation from the Brexit Withdrawal Bill reproduced above is: “Only the UK Government, with the approval of the UK Parliament, can act for the UK as a whole.” It was not in the draft copy. … Continue reading

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