Hopes and expectations

It's not easy to simultaneously lower expectations while keeping hopes high. I'm not at all sure Nicola Sturgeon has carried it off. There is no doubt that this was what she was attempting in the Scotland Tonight interview reported by The National. She now says she intends "to do everything that’s within my power to … Continue reading Hopes and expectations

By invitation only

That Toni Giugliano is an idiot has already been established. But it seems that his earlier remarks fomenting division in the independence movement by defining exclusive and excluded categories was not as I had supposed an utterance born of careless idiocy, but a statement of quite deliberate idiocy. In this report from The Sunday National, … Continue reading By invitation only

Do we take rape too seriously?

Not for the first time I must express my admiration for Kirsty Strickland. Her column in The National yesterday (SNP MSP Karen Adam is telling a simple truth about sexual predators) was thoughtful and thought-provoking. She a made a solid point about a sensitive subject and did so without resorting to emotive language. When an … Continue reading Do we take rape too seriously?

A mire of fantasy

Contrary to an assertion made in an exchange on Facebook, it is surpassingly easy to "judge the idea of Alba". Once you rid yourself of the fantasy politics and deal with the reality, that is. It's only clinging to the fantasy that prevents someone seeing that reality. And, perhaps more importantly, recognising and accepting the … Continue reading A mire of fantasy