The rosy view – with added glitter!

I take it that headline was intended to be ironic. The only complacency I see here is coming from Richard Walker. And it's coming in huge, all-engulfing, sense-swamping, reality-defying, panglossian waves. As I read Richard's column I found myself trying to figure out whether it reveals his own personal take on the situation; or whether … Continue reading The rosy view – with added glitter!

Are attitudes changing?

The best arguments for independence are those based on the positive advantages it would bring and the natural resources we have which would allow us to thrive, prosper and redistribute our wealth more fairly.Richard Walker: Divergent politics with England is just one reason for independence That has long been the assumption. But all assumptions should … Continue reading Are attitudes changing?

Break the rules to break the Union!

The British parties do not have to decide their stance on a new referendum. That is decided for them by the fact that they are British. They serve and are served by the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state. They can do no other than seek to preserve the Union at whatever cost to Scotland and its people, never mind decency and democracy.

Building bridges

What disturbs me most about this GRA contretemps is the role it has played in creating the very deep fissures within the SNP alluded to by Richard Walker. The nature of the issue; the way GRA reform has been handled by the Scottish Government; the manner in which the reforms have been influenced and defended by a particular clique, all seem designed to polarise opinion. Indeed, it may be impossible to separate cause and effect. But whatever is assigned the status of cause, the effect on the party has been sufficiently deleterious to prompt the question of whether any cause is worth it.