I get a fair bit of abuse from SNP/Sturgeon loyalists. About the same as I get from Alba devotees. That's the price one pays for declining to participate in the inane tribalism of either camp. It is a price I am more than happy to pay. The very nature of tribalism dictates that if you … Continue reading When Nicola Sturgeon shines
On the afternoon of Tuesday 31 August 2021 I shall be standing outside the Scottish Parliament to greet MSPs returning after summer recess with a demand that they immediately initiate the process by which Scotland's independence shall be restored. It is, I freely admit, an act of desperation. Daily I read of the various ways … Continue reading A calculated act of desperation
If you are asking what the SNP is going to do about the dismantling of our democracy and obliteration of our national identity by the British state then you are asking the wrong question. To paraphrase John Fitzgerald Kennedy, ask not what a bunch of politicians might do for you, but what you are prepared … Continue reading Defiance! Not compliance!
Abbi Garton-Crosbie has had a busy week. By my count she has four pieces in today's Sunday National all dealing with the SNP's commitment to a new referendum and independence. Three of those articles look at the paper's research exercise which examined SNP politicians' Tweets over the period around the Scottish Parliament election looking for … Continue reading Criminally insane?
SNP/Yes video In what looks very much like a characteristically belated, panicked and inadequate response to increasing criticism of lack of action on the constitutional issue, the SNP has released the above video with a level of fanfare that certainly isn't warranted by the content - or lack thereof. The Tweet promoting the video opens … Continue reading An independent Yes movement
The best arguments for independence are those based on the positive advantages it would bring and the natural resources we have which would allow us to thrive, prosper and redistribute our wealth more fairly.Richard Walker: Divergent politics with England is just one reason for independence That has long been the assumption. But all assumptions should … Continue reading Are attitudes changing?
Once again I must remind everybody that it is not the Tories but the British political elite as an institution which is mounting this 'assault on devolution'. Much the same would be happening regardless of which party was in power at Westminster. British Nationalism - including even the more extreme variants of that vile ideology … Continue reading No resistance
Three weeks ago I published an article under the title Not just any referendum! Not just any campaign! in which I warned - not for the first time - of the lack of fresh thinking on the constitutional issue among the SNP leadership and the need to ensure not only that we get a referendum, … Continue reading A failure of imagination
THE three questions we need most to focus on are the economic prospectus, our trading relationship with the rest of the UK post-Brexit and the route to accession to the EU. These are the questions which repeatedly come up on the doorstep, which are repeatedly put to our leaders and spokespersons and which they are … Continue reading The fallacy of received wisdom
The following started off as a reply to somebody on Facebook wanting to know what they could do to put pressure on Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government in order to force them to act on the constitutional issue. I had been meaning to write something about this anyway. This will serve. Other than shrugging … Continue reading Combination is the key