Tomorrow is Saturday 18 September 2021. At 07:00 tomorrow it will be precisely seven years since polling places across Scotland opened their doors at the start of what was surely the most significant democratic event in our nation's history. For the subsequent fifteen hours the people of Scotland held in their hands something close to … Continue reading The bright side
I take it that headline was intended to be ironic. The only complacency I see here is coming from Richard Walker. And it's coming in huge, all-engulfing, sense-swamping, reality-defying, panglossian waves. As I read Richard's column I found myself trying to figure out whether it reveals his own personal take on the situation; or whether … Continue reading The rosy view – with added glitter!
No great political sophistication is required to intuit that when a politician says we should be looking at this thing it's because they don't want us looking at that thing. Everybody knows that when a politician insists on answering what they refer to as the 'real' question rather than the question they've been asked it's … Continue reading Don’t read this! Read that!
I didn't notice a formal request from the First Minister to the British Prime Minister for a Section 30 order. But the British government has apparently rejected it anyway. Which will come as something of a relief to Nicola Sturgeon. Or at least it should. Nobody of consequence has ever accused the woman of stupidity. … Continue reading Bullet dodged
Nicola Sturgeon does good speeches. She is renowned for her communication skills. Skills which have stood her - and the nation - in good stead during a public health crisis which demanded the best of Scotland's First Minister. Her opponents-for-the-sake-of-it scoff and sneer and dismiss her role as mere presentation. Such people are stupid, of … Continue reading Leader wanted
Do you recognise the above image? Do you remember it? It's the original Yes logo before the SNP bastardised it and burdened it with ideological baggage only tangentially and tenuously related to the central constitutional issue. Have you ever really looked at it? Have you thought about what it means? Have you considered what it … Continue reading Yes
I had another very enjoyable day yesterday in the company of 2,000 other independence supporters as we marched through Stirling. The weather was almost ideal for such a strenuous activity. Not too hot - except for the periods when the clouds parted sufficiently to let the sun beat down on us with its full intensity. … Continue reading Scotland’s Cause
Avid readers of this blog - I hope you're both well and keeping safe - know how fond I am of questions. I wouldn't go so far as to say there's no such thing as a stupid question. But I know for a fact that however many stupid questions there may be that number is … Continue reading A good question
As she set out her Programme for Government Nicola Sturgeon was at great pains to ensure that her get-out clause on the constitutional issue was not just placed on the public record but hammered into it. By my count the official transcript of her statement refers to 'Covid/pandemic' around twenty times while 'independence' and 'referendum' … Continue reading The ‘iferendum’!
Let’s start by clarifying a couple of points. The office of First Minister is not the incumbent. Whoever bears the title of First Minister of Scotland does so only with the consent and approval of the people of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament. The office of First Minister belongs to the people of Scotland. The … Continue reading The Saltire strikes back!