By conventional political standards, Nigel Farage certainly deserves that peerage or knighthood he covets. Under his leadership, UKIP grew to take the largest share of the UK vote in the last EU election, took 3.9m votes at the last general election and, of course, was a key variable in the UK’s Brexit. A lot of.. read more →

For independence supporters, Former Labour minister Brian Wilson’s comments (Herald, paywall) at a weekend Fabian event during the Scottish Labour conference are important. Wilson is a serious man with successful careers in journalism (he founded the West Highland Free Press) and politics behind him, and with a successful present career in business. He helped save Harris.. read more →

That Khan episode is worthy of a little bit of deconstruction. As everyone knows, The Mayor of London – certainly Labour’s most important politician elected to public office, and one of the most senior non-white and Muslim politicians in that part of the North which comprises Western Europe and America – put out a Tweet.. read more →

24 Feb 2017
February 24, 2017

Unionists and oil

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Sometimes, civil servants get paid to lie – other times they’re paid to just keep quiet, knowing truths are being distorted or hidden and untruths are being insinuated into place by their paymasters. That’s just the way it is. You can’t blame regular folk for just earning their wages, looking after their families, paying the.. read more →

Yesterday’s tweet about Trump’s UK state visit drew some surprise from folk that the Scottish government would have a role at all. Today, though, here’s today’s Evening Standard (and to be fair, yesterday’s Daily Record which we’d missed) following up on the strong possibility that Scotland might well be used as a neat way of.. read more →

FromNotoYes.Scot is unambiguously all about Scottish independence. This is because the ‘equal’ union with England is already dead. The UK government, made up entirely of English nationalist politicians*, is simply forcing Scotland to accept its right wing populism, ideological direction towards reduced public services, removal of the protection of the ECJ and ECHR, alienation from.. read more →

This week a widely-read Fabian Society paper argued that in future Labour can only win ‘national’ office through an alliance with the SNP. The paper’s central proposal is therefore about Scotland in the UK yet it comes wholly from an English perspective. Below, a centrist former chair of the UK Fabian Society and a former Convener.. read more →

We’ve been quiet over the last few weeks – we have a new format and a lot of new things planned for throughout 2017, starting early in January with a new podcast and a new site layout.  For tonight, we thought we’d wind up 2016 – the year of Brexit, Trump and a new right.. read more →

Today in the Scottish parliament, Scottish Labour will apparently argue that on economic grounds Farage/English-Tory-led Brexit trumps Scotland’s continued EU membership through independence. Look at all that trade that flows through England, they’ll say. Seriously? Much of that trade in one way and another ends up in EU countries, of course, because England adds value.. read more →

Trump’s victory has, for now at least, destroyed the basis of unionists’ economic arguments against independence.  Trump and Brexit together so alter the prevailing economic orthodoxies and assumptions of the 2014 independence referendum that refusing to re-consider the situation afresh would be the very definition of dogmatism. The ‘bad economic outcomes’  arrow has disappeared from the.. read more →

Here’s (from 50:50) pretendy ‘professor’ Jim Gallagher being interviewed on BBC’s Sunday Politics two days ago. In introducing Gallagher, veteran host Gordon Brewer notes that the previous interviewee, Mike Russell MSP, said he (Russell) “made no claims” to being an eminent legal expert. Russell, of course, understands very well that political actors must take care.. read more →

Following our first report on the mystery of Taymouth Castle, some readers told us that the golfing community have noticed that the Taymouth Castle Golf Course seems, well, a bit odd. We’ve looked carefully at that, spoken to some new people and chased a few leads. Below, we explain where we’ve got to and link.. read more →