The main thing!

Surely nothing is important to a professional politician than winning elections? Can an individual even be considered a professional politician if they haven't won an election? Absent an election win they are mere candidates. Or prospective candidates. Or somewhere even further down the cue waiting for a stab at elected office with all that this … Continue reading The main thing!

Concrete crumbles

The following was intended to be a comment on James Kelly's Scot Goes Pop article suggesting ways to achieve/restore unity in the Yes movement. It probably wouldn't get past the censor-monkeys so I had intended to copy it here anyway. But it transpires that I can't even post it because there's a daft character limit. … Continue reading Concrete crumbles

Lawyers or politicians

I confess to being rather concerned on seeing the reference to "the rules" in the headline over the latest contribution from Scott Crichton Styles in the Sunday National. What rules are those, I wondered. I fervently hoped Scott Crichton Styles wasn't in the business of lending credibility to the idea that Scotland must be bound … Continue reading Lawyers or politicians

Towards a black hole

The Boundary Commission for Scotland is just doing its job. The Commissioners are principled, professional people with relevant skills and knowledge. They work in accordance with strict rules with only one aim - to achieve and maintain the best possible balance among constituencies so that each and every member of the electorate has a vote … Continue reading Towards a black hole

Multiple failures of leadership

I didn't hear Ian Blackford's address to the crowd gathered on Glasgow Green at the end of the Yes march in Glasgow on Saturday (9 October) and I have been unable to find a full transcript of his speech. It might be more accurate to say that I couldn't hear Mr Blackford's address. My hearing … Continue reading Multiple failures of leadership

Sovereign is as sovereign does!

I am about to break a cardinal rule of semantics, if not grammar. I am going to put the words 'honest' and 'sincere' in a sentence alongside the name Michael Gove. There! I've done it! The things I do for you people! It's not easy even to hold words like 'honest' and 'sincere' in ones … Continue reading Sovereign is as sovereign does!