A pile of pish

It is vital that we properly understand the British establishment in order that we may choose our weapons and formulate our campaign strategy accordingly. At present, the Scottish Government's approach to the constitutional issue assumes that a new referendum will be in all significant ways a repeat of the first one. This is a fatally mistaken idea. Especially when combined with the folly of believing tales of terrified Tories.

A tale of two tales

Ian Blackford is entitled to state how important it is that the SNP stays in power; if only because the alternative would be one or more of the British parties seizing control - with all the horrors that would entail. What irks is that when it comes to being held accountable for three or four or five or six years (depending on your preference) of inaction on the constitutional issue all of a sudden,

Grey sludge

The point is that while political movements are good and essential things that drive worthy causes, they tend not to be good at organising stuff. The bigger and more diverse and, ironically, more successful the movement the more difficult it becomes for any sort of order to be imposed on it such as is required to get stuff done. That is where the property of emergent leadership comes in. The necessary organisation emerges from the movement led by one individual or a small group.

To the edge of the world

Detail from 'The Edge of the World' by John Howe

Nothing changes unless lines are crossed. The comfortable and complacent sit on their side of the line condemning as dangerous and heretical reformers who dare to cross the line in search of new and better. Lines must be crossed if there is to be even the possibility of change. In every area of human endeavour … Continue reading To the edge of the world