Tag Archives: Nicola Sturgeon

SNP Conference 2017: Managing expectations

That’s me arrived and installed at SECC after what I shall choose to call a bracing walk down from Garnethill on a fine, fresh autumnal morning; although I suspect that, could they but speak, my worn out knees and hips … Continue reading

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Options are better than plans

“The Scottish First Minister shelved plans for a second independence referendum…” What plans for a second independence referendum? Describe those plans. What was the planned date? What was the planned question? What were any details of this plan? If I … Continue reading

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Three battles

To succeed, any political campaign ultimately requires effective political power. All the happy-clappy talk of ‘diversity’ and a ‘broad spectrum of views’ is great. But that describes the movement, not the campaign. The campaign, especially as it nears its end-point, … Continue reading

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Useful myths and dreadful fallacies

James Kelly offers a fair summary of the First Minister’s statement on #ScotRef and #Brexit. But there was this – “Although she acknowledged that the Tories losing their majority reopened the possibility of a soft Brexit (which presumably would remove … Continue reading

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The time to speak is now!

As the process which will see Scotland ripped from its favoured place within the family of European nations gathers pace, it has never been more important that we assert and defend our democratic right of self-determination. That process, already a … Continue reading

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Let’s stop the victimisation

In an otherwise excellent article, Iain Macwhirter gets himself a little bit tied in knots with his assertion that “eventually Nicola Sturgeon is going to have to decide whether she gives priority to compensating rape victims with children”. In the … Continue reading

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Turning the tables on the Tories

I fully appreciate what Mhairi Black is saying here. I totally understand her reasons for urging us not to use our votes in the council elections as a plebiscite on a new independence referendum. There’s only one problem with this. … Continue reading

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The most dangerous woman?

The alternatively worded referendum is, of course, one of several options open to Nicola Sturgeon should Theresa May persist in her anti-democratic defiance of the Scottish Parliament’s will. As the First Minister considers these options she will naturally have to … Continue reading

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Ignorance and disrespect

The evident inability of Unionists to comprehend the fundamental principles of democracy is something that is frequently remarked upon. Few things demonstrate this dumb incomprehension more than their campaign to deny Scotland’s right of self-determination. A campaign which, in defiance … Continue reading

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Boxing clever

Few speeches in recent times have been more eagerly anticipated than Nicola Sturgeon’s address to the SNP Spring Conference in Aberdeen this afternoon. One doesn’t often get the opportunity to use the phrase ‘fate of nations’ without being accused of … Continue reading

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