A tale of two tales

Ian Blackford is entitled to state how important it is that the SNP stays in power; if only because the alternative would be one or more of the British parties seizing control - with all the horrors that would entail. What irks is that when it comes to being held accountable for three or four or five or six years (depending on your preference) of inaction on the constitutional issue all of a sudden,

Dipped in Brit

Journalists are professional communicators. They mediate messages. They are one of the main links between us and 'out there'. The world. Journalists are trained how to use language. Which starts with learning how language is used. If you are aware of the way people express their thoughts then you can describe and explain the world in terms that people will best understand. There's more to it, of course. A lot goes into a journalist's training. They have to learn about the way print, broadcast and online media function at a technical level and how they operate as businesses and how to avoid buying your round in the pub and probably a couple of other things.

Scotland? What Scotland?

Theresa May has ignored Scotland throughout the whole Brexit process, and excluding The National in this way simply underlines how she is running scared of answering tough questions. The stuff about Theresa May "running scared" of difficult questions makes for great political rhetoric. But, as I'm sure the First Minister is well aware, it doesn't … Continue reading Scotland? What Scotland?

Scotland’s paper

There is an increasing sense that The National is, not just the only newspaper in Scotland to reflect that half of the population which aspires to independence, but also that it is the only part of the media which is actively engaging with Scotland's politics. I have long maintained that The National's real value lay, … Continue reading Scotland’s paper