History, as I am perhaps a little over-fond of pointing out, is not a series of events but a process. This presents a problem when discussing past events inasmuch as it is necessary to identify a start point. And to stop somewhere that can never be the end. 'Identify' is probably the wrong word to … Continue reading The gulf between us
I do like a wee stooshie. A commotion. A rumpus. A bit of political theatre. Ian Blackford was the cause of a wee stooshie in the British parliament yesterday when he effectively called Boris Johnson a liar. Accused him of misleading parliament. Which is supposed to be a hanging offence. But, in the arcane way of … Continue reading The stooshie
When I read of Mhairi Black's letter to Alister "Union" Jack suggesting - nay insisting - that he devote himself to Scotland and Scotland's interests rather than the British state and the interests of the British ruling elite, my first thought was that it is a very foolish demand. A bit like ordering the leopard … Continue reading For Scotland?
Articles in The National such as that proclaiming REVEALED: The number of civil servants working on independence referendum planning are like the bell Pavlov used to elicit a predictable response from his laboratory animals. The SNP loyalists will clap and cheer and never for even the briefest moment pause to question any of it. They … Continue reading Not content!
Contrary to an assertion made in an exchange on Facebook, it is surpassingly easy to "judge the idea of Alba". Once you rid yourself of the fantasy politics and deal with the reality, that is. It's only clinging to the fantasy that prevents someone seeing that reality. And, perhaps more importantly, recognising and accepting the … Continue reading A mire of fantasy
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?