Again! The 'recruiting sergeant' myth trotted out with casual disregard for the facts. There is no measurable recruiting sergeant effect. We have gone through a period since the 2014 referendum when those supposed recruiting sergeants for Scotland's cause have been working very hard indeed. Quite remarkably hard, in fact. And what has been the product … Continue reading Blurring the picture
No wonder Boris Johnson is grinning like the cat that got all the cream. He wins again! I for one would not have bet against it despite all the prophecies of his imminent doom in the pages of The National. Prophecies that have all the tedious familiarity of a Nicola Sturgeon referendum announcement. The headline … Continue reading Like hogweed!
Personally, I felt that the Mail on Sunday piece about Angela Rayner using her womanly attribute to distract the malignant child clown occupying the role of British Prime Minister was too ludicrous to be taken too seriously. I understand that to the extent that it is symptomatic of entrenched sexism it must be condemned. But … Continue reading Handicapping women
There's a bit of a tussle going on following the British Conservative & Unionist Party in Scotland (BCUPS) conference as two of their 'big-hitters' vie for the award for the most interesting thing said. Neither of them is Boris Johnson, who I suspect only bothered to turn up at the event because his job requires … Continue reading A question of ownership
Although the general tendency is to think of stupidity as a defect or deficiency in the individual, what we perceive or regard as stupidity is often a matter of different priorities. Priorities that differ from our own or what we take to be the norm. Priorities which we may find quite incomprehensible. Priorities so skewed … Continue reading Viruses don’t negotiate
Daily, we are told that Boris Johnson cannot possibly survive. Daily, he does. That is the major story. That is what needs to be understood. The serial scandal and blunders are newsworthy. But they are not the most interesting thing about the Boris Johnson saga. What is interesting is his survival. Not what has happened … Continue reading Against all odds
Boris Johnson's "just not going to happen" remark looks a little less dramatic when placed back in the context from which it has been ripped in order to spice up the headline. If he'd said this in a different context it might have been possible to regard it as one of those pseudo-blunders which are … Continue reading Counting beans! Tallying scalps!
As happens from time to time, Kevin McKenna has hit upon an interesting and possibly important point. Or half of one, at least. Some might say that it takes no uncommon perspicacity to discern that distraction is a strategy much favoured by political actors. But Kevin McKenna does us a service by pointing out the … Continue reading Distract! Disregard! Delay!
In her column in The National today Joanna Cherry makes an important point. It is a point that I have been trying to drive home for what seems like many decades - but is really just the one. The name of the British Prime Minister is of no consequence and neither is the name of … Continue reading It’s the Union, stupid!
I hear AUOB is calling for a "emergency" march in Glasgow next Saturday. If I were to attend this event how would I signal which of the things listed as the reasons for the march I'm demonstrating about? I don't give a damn about Boris Johnson. Removing him might allow some shallow-minded people to feel … Continue reading I’ll march for Scotland’s cause