Kevin McKenna is correct, of course. The proposal to extend the franchise in a future independence referendum to non-resident 'Scots' is nothing more than a far from subtle attempt to smear Scotland's independence movement with the tar-brush of ethnic nationalism. He is wrong, however, to portray this as a particularly Tory ploy. It would be … Continue reading It’s what they do
Protocol dictates that I congratulate Mike Russell on his appointment as political director of the SNP's independence unit. Honesty makes me wonder how long it will be until he resigns in doubtless well-concealed frustration and despair. The embittered facetiousness born of my own frustration and despair prompts the observation that if history is to be … Continue reading Speak softly and carry a white flag
Above all else though, it’s time for the Scottish Government to end its silence and move assertively on to independence.David Pratt: Post-election silence on independence from SNP is deafening When yours is the dissenting voice there are times when it feels as if yours is the only dissenting voice. It's a lonely place outside the … Continue reading Tipping and toppling
A single, unifying vision for independence is not only unrealistic, but anathema to the diverse and varied political stances of Scotland.Stephen Paton: This is why a single, unifying vision for independence is unrealistic Surely the most sensible - even insightful - thing Stephen Paton has ever said. If he'd written no more than that then … Continue reading Less vision! More focus!
...this argument comes from a place of political unreality.Andrew Tickell: Home Rule in this reactionary UK would not answer our problems Reading Andrew Tickell's column in The Sunday National this morning, the phrase "a place of political unreality" struck a chord. This, I thought to myself, could be the strapline for 'brand Scotland'. We are … Continue reading A place of political unreality
Ruth Wishart adds her own plea for an end to squabbling within the independence movement to the seemingly endless list of other such futile efforts at refereeing the affray. The Believe in Scotland Facebook group threatens to eject anyone judged to be conducting "internecine warfare". There we have the two most common 'solutions' to the … Continue reading If only
You have to admire Chris Hanlon's commitment and dedication. But I fear he has painted a target on his back with his statement promising to continue the fight to reform the SNP from within. With other high-profile reformers lost to resignation or defection and some of the hijackers' most effective (vicious?) operators returned to the … Continue reading The nature of grievance
I have squandered my resistancefor a pocket full of mumbles such are promisesAll lies and jests These lines from the Simon & Garfunkel song The Boxer were playing on a loop in my head when I awoke this morning. I dismissed it as just one of those 'earworms' that we all get from time to … Continue reading A pocket full of mumbles
The Scots Government should in the court action challenge the very existence of the legal power of Westminster to say no to indyref2, by plainly asserting that the democratic legitimacy of Holyrood trumps that of the Westminster Parliament over Scots affairs, giving it Holyrood the legal authority to hold an independence referendum.Scott Crichton Styles This … Continue reading The legal and the political
My heart lifted slightly when I caught sight of Richard Walker's latest column in The National. For a moment I thought he was about to break ranks and suggest a change of approach to the constitutional issue by Nicola Sturgeon. Perhaps I fooled myself in my eagerness to have someone of Richard's standing add their … Continue reading Bombarded!