Category Archives: Politics

From a whisper to a roar

Language is important. Especially, perhaps, in politics. And certainly when politicians are dealing with sensitive matters. Bumbling gaffe-monger, Boris Johnson, nicely and frequently illustrates the importance of choosing words carefully. Nicola Sturgeon is NOT Boris Johnson. She is a particularly … Continue reading

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Many voices!

It’s difficult to comment meaningfully on any of this without transgressing against at least one of Ms Leckie’s prescriptions and proscriptions. Risking her approbation, I am moved to express once again my snorting dismissal of the patently facile notion that … Continue reading

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Feeding the beast

While very much in sympathy with Derek Bateman’s views on the media in Scotland, I must confess to being less concerned about the fact of a package of pre-written stories provided to newspapers by political parties than I am about … Continue reading

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The ‘Scottish Tory’ fallacy

There’s a horrible flaw in this question from the latest Wings Over Scotland/Panelbase poll. It treats “Scottish Tory MPs” as if they were a discrete group separate from the “Conservative majority” in the same way that SNP MPs are distinguished … Continue reading

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The wobbler

Henry McLeish may well be correct in everything he says. His analysis may be insightful. His observations may be perspicacious. His conclusions may be acutely reasoned. His attitudes may be admirable. His character may be worthy of great respect. His … Continue reading

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Bad moon rising

Discourse around the constitutional issue has changed quite markedly in the past year. It has almost entirely moved away from debate about the scheduling of a new independence referendum to discussion of how a Yes vote might best be secured … Continue reading

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The cornered beast

I’m sure we would all wish to associate ourselves with the comments made by Nicola Sturgeon and Shona Robison thanking NHS Scotland staff for the extra effort they put in at times when our health services come under particular pressure … Continue reading

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