Category Archives: Scottish Politics

England’s Neo-Colonialism

Or, How to Decolonise Your Mind In my opinion the seminal document of the first Independence debate was Alasdair Gray’s essay “Settlers and Colonialists“, a document equal in power to the government’s White Paper. It took careful aim at the Scottish arts establishment. … Continue reading

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A Scottish Nurse

An occasional series on Scots of singular merit, ignored or forgotten It’s a measure of Suzy Wighton’s modesty, of her steadfast commitment to her work first in Lebanon and then in the UK, and an avoidance of shallow celebrity, that … Continue reading

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Globalisation

I got caught up in a mild spat on Twitter with an individual who voted No to Scotland re-joining the rest of the world, and Remain for the UK staying with the rest of the world. A psychotic contradiction if every there … Continue reading

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A Belly Full

If not mixing metaphors, this has been one of those jam packed, bullshit weeks. Andy Murray limped onto Court 1 at Wimbledon from a hip ailment, the great white hope of Brits United and, beaten by a serial American lobber of … Continue reading

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The Nature of a Scot

Some days ago a friend recounted the tale of meeting a fellow independence supporter. The man was dejected, down-at-heart. He talked of losing his appetite to restore Scotland’s independence, and therefore its political rights. He explained how he felt the … Continue reading

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Promoting the Proclaimers

When the Proclaimers manager phoned asking if I’d shoot their first promotional video I refused. “I don’t do pop videos.” Back in the day, pop videos were made by frustrated drama directors, people from art school who could barely draw, or … Continue reading

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Meeting Nicola

Readers hoping for gossip will be sorely disappointed. I’m about to describe the events that took place before and after meeting our admired First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, (for the second time) but for those not yet had that pleasure I’ll … Continue reading

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