What do you see? What do you hear?

A photograph (above) posted on Twitter by Alex Salmond and shared by Joanna Cherry has prompted some speculation about the latter making a move to join the former in the Alba Party. The photograph shows a smiling Joanna Cherry standing between former First Minister Alex Salmond and senior Alba member Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh. As one individual … Continue reading What do you see? What do you hear?

The meeting point

Gerry Hassan's column in The National today offers an interesting analysis of the relationship between the SNP and the wider independence movement as he tries to answer the question posed in the headline, How do we resolve tensions between SNP and the wider Yes movement? It's an issue I've addressed repeatedly over the last few … Continue reading The meeting point

A million to nothing

Let's be realistic! I realise that opening an article with an exhortation to be realistic is likely to deter Alba fantasists and SNP loyalists alike. But how many of them would be reading my blog anyway? Realism is no more welcomed in the constitutional debate than scrutiny and criticism. Those who examine, analyse and comment … Continue reading A million to nothing

A very Scottish personality cult

The National's headline over its report of some positive press for Nicola Sturgeon in an American newspaper (Washington Post hails Nicola Sturgeon making a role for herself at COP26) seems designed to prompt shrill allegations of a 'personality cult' from the dunces' corner of the Yes movement and mindless British Nationalist fanatics alike. So let's … Continue reading A very Scottish personality cult

Too wee! Too poor! Too stupid!

I am sure we're all grateful to Dr David Patrick for his insights reported in The National. But did anyone seriously doubt that the British propaganda machine's principal line of attack would be some variation on the old 'Too wee! Too poor! Too stupid!' (TW!TP!TS!) argument? It is, after all, the whole reason for framing … Continue reading Too wee! Too poor! Too stupid!

Reasons to be doubtful

But the question is no longer whether Scotland could afford to be a successful independent country – the question now is whether we can afford not to be independent.Nicola Sturgeon, November 2021 From an article published on my blog in June 2020. Some of us have for years been warning that the Union is inherently … Continue reading Reasons to be doubtful

Deep failure

Everything Joanna Cherry says about British Labour and Sir Keir Starmer is correct. But pointing out the utter uselessness of British Labour and its leader does seem to be stating the obvious. We rather take it for granted now that the supposed main opposition party will offer no meaningful opposition whatever to a regime which … Continue reading Deep failure

Oh, to be stupid!

Sometimes I envy the fantasists I so often criticise. I occasionally wish I could enjoy the Panglossian perspective of the Sturgeon/SNP loyalists who see the protracted dithering and supine inaction of the SNP/Scottish Government in the face of an accelerating British Nationalist onslaught as part of Nicola's Great Secret Plan to "win" Scotland's independence. I … Continue reading Oh, to be stupid!