This honest and heartfelt essay by Richard Murphy is all the more powerful for being totally accurate. His final point in particular is a welcome contribution to the constitutional debate. One of the most frustrating things about that debate at present is the large number of people who apparently remain stubbornly oblivious to the nature … Continue reading The fascist threat
Is this how it is to be with the Independence Convention? The party members can choose any approach to the constitutional issue they want so long as it is the one Humza Yousaf has decided on? There's 57 varieties, but only Cream of Tomato is being served?
The SNP cannot be decoupled from the fight to restore Scotland's independence. That must be understood from the outset. The independence movement needs a source of effective political power if its objective is to be achieved. For better or worse, the SNP is the political arm of the independence movement. It is so because we, … Continue reading Couplings
Evasion, distraction and silly games
When politicians demand something, it tends to be the demand that is significant rather than the thing being demanded.
Viewer discretion is advised!
This is a warning to those who may be prone to despair. If you are intending to read the Sunday National piece headlined Alex Salmond writes to FM and Scottish Greens outlining vision for independence, you should at all costs avoid so much as glancing through the below-the-line (BTL) comments lest you find yourself plunged … Continue reading Viewer discretion is advised!
Bursting the conspiracy bubble
This was originally written as a response to the Campbell Martin article being shared on Facebook. I thought it might be of some interest, As conspiracy theories go, this one from Campbell Martin is almost majestic in its grandeur. But like almost all such notions, it succumbs to Occam's Razor and rational analysis. The basic … Continue reading Bursting the conspiracy bubble
Quietly taking the lead
The only sure way to secure the right of the people of Scotland to determine the constitutional status of our nation and choose the form of government that best serves our needs, priorities and aspirations, is to do what we have an absolute right to do regardless of any obstacles or impediments that may put in our path or any threats that may be made. Just do it!
Jamie Hepburn has little need to state that he is "not going anywhere". Given that he has been put in charge of implementing a plan that does not exist, we would hardly expect him to be doing anything. As if to confirm this, he has done nothing in the first six weeks of his tenure. … Continue reading Going nowhere
The credibility problem
My first reaction on reading Toni Giugliano's column in the Sunday National was disbelief. Genuine disbelief. Here was a leading figure in the SNP saying all the right things. I don't believe it. And that is the problem for Toni Giugliano and the SNP. Even if they now start saying the things we want to … Continue reading The credibility problem
The void at the top
This morning, I rather belatedly got around to reading Robin McAlpine's article dated 25 April. I was immediately struck by the title ─ Who’s in charge and what are they in charge of? ─ because these are precisely the questions I have been asking myself over the last few days. My attempt to answer those … Continue reading The void at the top