Tag Archives: Scottish Parliament

Rising to the occasion

Even as the Holyrood election campaign is only gathering pace, we have already heard all manner of nonsense from representatives and supporters of the OPIPs (other pro-independence parties) as they are sent into a feeding frenzy by the almost totally … Continue reading

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Relics and rejects

The fact that a British Tory Prime Minister can venture out of his London lair to seriously suggest that the Scottish branch of his party might become the opposition at Holyrood is a measure of the abject failure of British … Continue reading

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Realistic expectations

I do not doubt the SNP administration’s commitment to creating a welfare system fit for a modern civilised nation. I know that the determination to guide us away from the corrosive austerity of British politics and back to being a … Continue reading

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Rejoicing and resentment

While John Swinney deserves all the plaudits he’s gettingĀ  from those who appreciate his achievement in defending Scotland againstĀ  the predatory efforts of the British Treasury, we should be a littleĀ  cautious. There is no question that he did a … Continue reading

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The voter’s dilemma

“I get why people who are passionate about independence have mostly thrown their energy into the SNP.” “The SNP is not the only way to reinforce support for independence.” In those two short sentences Carolyn Leckie neatly summarises the curious … Continue reading

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We know who speaks for Scotland

Most people will, I think, be curious as to why the British parties are so anxious to have the Fiscal Framework/Scotland Bill rushed through with the minimum of scrutiny. Certainly, those who are aware of the British establishment’s agenda will … Continue reading

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A novel election strategy for the British parties

What The Scotsman’s Scott Macnab doesn’t seem to realise is that elections come down to a matter of trust. Regardless of the detail, it’s a matter of who the voters reckon is the best bet for prudent management of the … Continue reading

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Wrong narrative

All of this from Pete Wishart, Tommy Sheppard and others might make some kind of sense if anybody was actually pressing for an immediate second referendum. Or if the Scottish Government’s ability to call another referendum was critically dependent on … Continue reading

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Where’s the alternative?

If I want to see sarcastic references to “Saint Nicola Sturgeon” I can choose from pretty much the whole of the mainstream British media. I go to alternative media precisely because I’m seeking something more than the vacuous anti-SNP sniping … Continue reading

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Spot the zealot

The obvious question to ask of David Carr’s article on Common Space is, what “zealotry”? Even his catalogue of selective quoting fails to reveal anything more than commitment and enthusiasm – perhaps fervour – on the part of those advocating … Continue reading

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