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.

To the edge of the world

Detail from 'The Edge of the World' by John Howe

Nothing changes unless lines are crossed. The comfortable and complacent sit on their side of the line condemning as dangerous and heretical reformers who dare to cross the line in search of new and better. Lines must be crossed if there is to be even the possibility of change. In every area of human endeavour … Continue reading To the edge of the world

The dilemma of conflicting imperatives

The trouble with saying that this isn't what it looks like is that it induces people to think about what it looks like rather than what it's being presented as. A bit like telling someone not to think about a pink elephant. Deferring the spring conference looks very like a pink elephant. The problem wouldn't … Continue reading The dilemma of conflicting imperatives

The moment

This is the perfect time for Nicola Sturgeon to do something bold and decisive. But it is far from being the first such occasion. The difference now is that, where previously she had considerable leeway - people across the independence movement were prepared to cut her some slack and trust her judgement - this is no longer the case. or, at least, it is no longer as true as it once was.