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!
What that testing of the old question tells us is that, while it may have been adequate and acceptable when it was agreed, that was more than seven years ago. The political landscape has undergone tectonic changes since January 2013.
We don't need belief. We don't need a faith position. We don't need mere fine words. What we need is a practical plan to achieve a positive outcome.
Instead of seizing the moment, we gave the British government time to recover from every one of its serial fuck-ups.
Michael Fry may not be familiar with the word 'wellness', but that in itself does not bring it into the kind of disrepute that he implies. In fact, the term has been around since the mid-17th century; although, as with many words, its meaning has undergone some change through usage, it originally served as the … Continue reading Wellness is a thing
In refusing a Section 30 order Boris Johnson is not clinging jealously to something that is his. He is trying to impede our taking something that is ours
Like all the best popular movements, the origins of Yes are a bit vague. Inevitably so since such movements are not created but, rather, emerge from the populace - the demos
Haven't we been here before? It's like déjà vu on an endless loop. It's like somebody lost the last two reels of Groundhog Day. It's like the entire independence movement has come under the leadership of the Grand Old Duke of York.
Do you agree that the question of Scotland's constitutional status and the choice of the form of government that best meets Scotland's needs are matters to be decided entirely and exclusively by the people of Scotland?
Sending a message to the Westminster establishment will have no effect at all. If Mhairi Black and others want to shake things up, they should be addressing their speeches to Nicola Sturgeon. They should be urging her to take a more assertive approach to the constitutional issue. They should be telling her the time has come to challenge the power of the Westminster establishment. They should be insisting that she defend the principle of popular sovereignty. That she assert the authority of the Scottish Parliament. That she defy the authority of the British establishment.