Ruth Wishart mentions one "flaw" in the argument for a plebiscitary election as being "losing sight of other issues". It's unclear what she means by this as it could refer to the difficulty of losing sight of other issues so as to make it a single-issue vote or it could mean the problem of other … Continue reading A time to every purpose
That'll be one more thing that supposedly helps drive up support for Yes without that increase in support ever being reflected in the polls. Just like Boris Johnson becoming British Prime Minister was supposed to drive up support for Yes and Brexit was supposed to drive up support for Yes and countless other things were … Continue reading Fuel for anger
It seems it's not just the unions that are changing. Lesley Riddoch tells us that developments in the trade union movement mean that "tired, hesitant, pen-pushing bureaucrats are out" while "activist, articulate, no-nonsense leaders" are in, and that this has lessons for the Yes movement. If that includes Nicola Sturgeon - and some of us … Continue reading A welcome change?
It's good to be reminded that TV celebrity journalists are no more the great sages they are presented as than any of the other celebrities whose views on this, that and everything are deemed to be of exceptional worth. Or at least a matter of intense interest to the consumers of the media's product. Personally, … Continue reading Thus spake Marr!
The principle of Scotland's right of self-determination is of little worth or utility if there is no process by which that principle can be put into practice and the right exercised. After the principle comes the plan. Which is also dependent on process. Without a process, the plan doesn't even qualify as a plan. It … Continue reading The horizon or beyond?
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Kirsty Strickland is undoubtedly correct when she says: "It’s time for a new conversation." Unfortunately, that is not what Nicola Sturgeon is proposing. Granted, we don't know much about what she is proposing. But we know enough to be certain that she has no intention of reframing the constitutional issue. We can deduce from her … Continue reading Mad as hell!
Executive chairman of Renaissance Care and co-founder of the pro-Union group Scottish Business UK, Robert Kilgour maintains that "there is no reason why a group of us in business shouldn’t challenge" proposed legislation enabling the exercise of Scotland's right of self-determination. Equally, there is no reason why a group of consumers should not challenge those … Continue reading The finger on the button
Should a person walk upright? Does that immediately strike you as a daft question? A question which insults intelligence and offends reason? It should! Walking upright is normal. It is natural. Why would you ask people to express a view on whether human beings should walk upright? Surely the assumption should be that everyone wants … Continue reading To crawl or walk tall?
Mike Russell does a fine job of setting out the choice facing the people of Scotland. He is rather stating the obvious when he observes that "the UK political and media establishment, dripping with privilege and disdainful of democracy, will try to stop us making that choice, using all their malign tricks and lies". Which … Continue reading Information is not enough