The revelation - or should we better say, confirmation - that the SNP/Scottish Government led by Nicola Sturgeon has failed to do any work on planning or preparation for a new referendum should have brought crowds onto the streets in a spontaneous outburst of angry protest. That the response has been so muted is symptomatic … Continue reading Be angry!
So, there I was - trudging through the streets of Glasgow in the pishing rain staring at the shamelessly exposed arse of some random dog ahead of me and thinking thoughts. I wondered how long I might have to stare at a dog's arse before being glad to have my eyes poked out by a … Continue reading Contemplations on a dog’s arse
Time for another teaser, Nicola? A wee shillin' in the meter tae keep the independence pot warm on that back burner? Something 'fresh' that the faithful can point to as they shout down the doubters and the dissenters and the folk in the cheap seats who just want this pantomime to end? Behold! Verily Nicola … Continue reading Big boots!
The problem with assuming the next Holyrood election in 2026 could be used by the SNP as a de facto independence referendum is that the British political elite are also aware of this possibility. Given their behaviour to date, we must assume that they will do whatever is necessary to prevent the 2026 election being … Continue reading Combination
I detect a decidedly dismissive tone in reports of and comments on Douglas Ross's 'big speech' to the wee bit of the British Conservative & Unionist Party (BCUP) to which he was permitted access. Which is understandable. Ross would require a miraculous makeover just to make the grade as a nonentity. There are many ways … Continue reading What are you prepared to do?
I confess that when I first heard of the plan to have the Scottish Parliament designated a 'protected site' under section 129 of the British Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCP 2005 s129) I was not particularly troubled. My first thought was that this would have no practical implications for demonstrations (why do … Continue reading Protect Our Parliament
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!
The National reports today (Bid for SNP to commit to indyref2 date and define 'end of pandemic' rejected) that party managers have rejected a conference resolution which demanded that a date be set for a new referendum and a "concrete definition of what it means for the Covid-19 pandemic to have passed" be provided. This … Continue reading Two faces
Please join with me in wishing a very happy fourteenth birthday to the Scottish Government! It was on 3 September 2007 that then First Minister Alex Salmond binned the old 'Scottish Executive' title and so in effect created the first Scottish Government of the democratic era. It would be another five years before the legal … Continue reading Happy birthday Scottish Government!
A new independence referendum has always been "undeniable". The deal between the SNP/Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party alters nothing. How could mere party maneuverings have an effect on one of the most basic principles of democracy - the right of peoples and nations to choose the form of government that best serves their … Continue reading By their desires and their works you shall know them