As a bank-holiday adjunct to this piece, here’s a weekend article written by a journalist generally agreed to be a good thing; the sort of person who often writes illuminative stuff challenging lazy thinking regardless of its political shade. But not this time. Kevin McKenna’s article for The Herald, a newspaper with an editorial policy.. read more →

Stuart Campbell, who curates and writes for the website ‘Wings over Scotland’, is by a long, long way Scotland’s most read columnist/commentator. ‘Wings’ readership is on a par with that of the largest Scottish outlets. And because the figures for on-line newspapers include hits on every part of the paper, a small number of columns.. read more →

A rich guy (Herald, paywall) who gives the Scottish Labour Party a lot of money is taking his money away for now because the party refused to allow a Tory-Labour administration in Aberdeen. The rich guy says he doesn’t understand why Labour, in the middle of a general election where the two main players are the.. read more →

The Scottish Parliament’s ‘First Minister’s Questions (FMQs)’, modelled on the UK Parliament’s ‘Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs)’, sees the First Minister take questions in the chamber each week. Yet there’s a very significant difference which goes to the heart of what the parliament’s supposed to be all about. PMQs lasts half an hour. Members put in.. read more →

Here’s a wee test that might help clarify a thing or two for some folk. Think of a marginal constituency in Scotland. You might want to choose a Labour held one like Edinburgh South, where both the Tories and SNP are challengers. Or you might prefer a borders constituency where it’s neck and neck between.. read more →

12 May 2017
May 12, 2017

Orange panic

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Herald reporter Gerry Braiden writes today that; “Ulster-style loyalism has again become a shorthand for elements of the Yes movement to denigrate opponents”. The article is entitled; “Folk devils, Orange panics and Scotland’s council elections”. So, who’s causing the ‘Orange panic’, then? Why, that’ll also be The Herald. So, hilariously, the Herald hyped an ‘Orange panic’.. read more →

09 May 2017
May 9, 2017

Not so Great Britain

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The ‘Just say No’ camp are fond of reminding Scots of the magnificent achievements of the UK as a nation. But Britain’s sense of itself is horribly distorted and the myths the No camp direct us to are so much self-serving claptrap.  Post-imperial historians have often questioned ‘Great’ British nationalist myths, of course, but the.. read more →

Falkirk and I often get the blame for the Brexit, Corbyn and the Tories ascendancy. It’s an outrageous slur, obviously…… Yet today, my old stomping ground of Falkirk is indeed pivotal and provides the perfect illustration of the choice before Labour at this historical time. Over the last few elections, Labour and the SNP have.. read more →

In the early part of the 20th Century, the Liberals dominated Scottish politics. That history is still important to the party today, with Scotland providing half of Liberal/Lib Dem leaders – all thoroughly decent people – over the last 61 years. Then the Tories tended to hold sway, often tussling with Labour but finally biting.. read more →

28 Apr 2017
April 28, 2017

Hey, STV, give us our Greens……

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STV say they won’t let the Greens take part in their “leader’s debate” on 24th May. They’ve made an editorial decision, they say, and it’s permitted by the Ofcom rules. Well, their ‘editorial decision’ is cackhanded and also balls. They’ll have to change it. It’s a UK general election and none of those taking part.. read more →