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The clock is ticking

There are three problems with this cunning plan to make the 2021 Holyrood election a referendum on independence. The first is list MSPs. The British parties are quite happy to have this device to ensure there’s almost always a place … Continue reading

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It’s the law!

It’s going to be hard for many (most?) people in Scotland to hear, but Tusk and Juncker are correct. There really is “no room, no space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action”. The EU has no … Continue reading

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British Labour will never support independence!

Les Huckfield really must understand that there is no option for ‘Scottish Labour’ to back independence, for the simple and glaringly obvious reason that there is no ‘Scottish Labour’. Not in the sense that he appears to imagine. Not in … Continue reading

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SNP Conference 2017: Being Scotland’s voice

Day three of #SNP17 and the walk down from Garnethill to the SECC is taking longer each time. My right hip is making it known that there bloody well better not be a day four. It’s growing noticeably colder too. … Continue reading

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The straitjacket of devolution

Surely no sane, sober and sensible person can now deny that devolution is the problem. Always inadequate in every sense, devolution has come to be both an intolerable affront to democracy and an unsustainable straitjacket making good governance increasingly difficult. … Continue reading

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Our flag defiled

Just over four years ago, as Scotland prepared to vote in the first independence referendum, I wrote an article about flags. It was a rather long-winded piece. Necessarily so, as I was exploring our complicated relationship with flags. I had … Continue reading

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Transition to what?

Just to clarify, what Philip Hammond is talking about is an extra “transitional period”. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty allows for a two year transitional period. We are in that transitional period now. It expires at the end of … Continue reading

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