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Hands off Scotland’s Parliament!

I’m not sure why Dr Kirsty Hughes imagines that Nicola Sturgeon’s hand would have to be “forced” over a new Scottish independence referendum. The SNP Conference earlier this month surely left no room for doubt that the SNP is gearing … Continue reading

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Common claptrap!

What do we want? Whatever the focus group says we want! When do we want it? Whenever the focus groups says we want it! What the hell kind of campaigning is this? The point of campaigning is to change people’s … 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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The heart of the matter

It is heartening to find in Ian Blackford’s remarks some suggestion that the SNP may be intending to be more forthright, not to say aggressive, in condemning UK Government policy and challenging British nationalist ideology. It would certainly be gratifying … 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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Straw man wars

How many more times must we be subjected to some posturing intellectual ponderously informing us that “the movement is not the party” as if they were revealing some great truth rather than flogging the arse off a straw man that … 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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