I blogged about How the dead vote a few years ago. I’ve just Googled the subject and see that, for some reason, The Daily Telegraph paid a bloke to write essentially the same piece, quoting some professor or other, a few years later. In view of Stephen Gethin MP winning by 2 votes in North East Fife.. read more →

Here’s the leader of the largest party of opposition in Scotland in the uniform of a British Army Full Colonel. She’s celebrating an honour made public by the Army on Armed Services Day for maximum publicity. At a time when national security is at the apex of all our priorities, and is therefore the main.. read more →

My partner says The Kelpies are great and that I should lay off them. And I like to drive past them at night when they’re upllit at the side of the A9. And I don’t say we could have spent the money on hospital machines or something, because public art’s important. But in spite of.. read more →

Strange yet true that the Tories have given the UK a prime minister who lacks self-confidence to a politically crippling degree; one where she reflects perfectly the lack of confidence her colleagues and UK citizens have in her. Surreal, too, that the same ‘prime’ minister will inflict a personal humiliation upon the person at the.. read more →

For readers of this blog who don’t know, John McTernan is a well-known Labour political adviser. He goes on telly a lot. In my view, he’s clever and the kind of junior political obsessive every leader needs in his or her team. Just, for God’s sake, under someone else’s tight management. He’s just written an.. read more →

Today’s Sunday Herald (paywall) reported SNP MP Tommy Sheppard calling for two things. First, a delay in an independence referendum until we know the terms of Brexit. This was already widely believed to the Scottish government policy in any case. Yet Sheppard’s call seemed to pressage a debate not simply about when a referendum should.. read more →

A short note late this Friday evening. The UK has a prime minister who cannot cope with the job. The terrible truth is that she is running away from Grenfell Tower survivors because her advisers know that if she tries to talk to them in front of the cameras she will freeze up though fear.. read more →

Last month, this website reported that President Buhari of Nigeria was missing in London, presumed very ill or perhaps even no longer medically alive. We did this because we were provided with information by an inside source that the true condition of the president was being concealed in order to enable jockeying for position to.. read more →

Scottish journalist and writer Iain MacWhirter has, amongst other things, been writing and commenting for some time about way the Tories will use Brexit to centralise the UK, change the Scotland Act and impose more Westminster power on Scotland. You can Google his pieces at The Sunday Herald on the subject and here’s a good.. read more →

Just a quick rough-and-ready look at the figures, but there are obvious general trends with some clear inferences extending from them. There’ll be a more substantial, constituency-by-constituency analysis here in a few days, but for now here are a few points. If you’re reading the Sunday papers tomorrow, though, expect ‘SNP collapse’, ‘great Tory victory’.. read more →

One you’ve had a wee rest, Independence supporters should cheer themselves up by cutting through the media and party-political bullshit today. Two things will become clear. First, in spite of the media’s and unionist politicians’ insistent attempts to read across from the SNP’s result to the state of support for independence in Scotland, independence continues.. read more →

Whoever you’re voting for today, here’s a thought about party support and Scottish independence. The Scottish media are a bit shy about it all. The SNP has lost folk on the right to the Tories; that’s mainly why its vote share is down from 50% to around 43%. This has moved that party’s centre of.. read more →