“Only the SNP’s most unthinking critics” were the words Chris Deerin, hardly a friend of the Scottish independence movement, used recently to describe those who insist on maintaining the long-discredited comparison between the SNP/the wider Yes movement and the various far right Nationalist movements that are currently on the rise in Europe and the USA.… Continue reading Only the most unthinking critics
I’m no longer a member of the SNP so I’m watching the initial stages of the deputy leadership contest with interest and a new level of objectivity. Already the contenders seem to be polarising into two groups: the “don’t scare the horses” traditionalists and the impatient young upstarts. Well this has got me thinking, and… Continue reading Jam Tomorrow?
So I had a break, a long break from blogging, from political social media, pretty much everything, and now I’m dipping my toe back in the water. I don’t feel I have anything original to say just now about the independence question, but what I do want to talk about is “the bubble”, specifically the… Continue reading Beware the unintended consequences
I’ve been wanting to write a new blog post for ages but the political sands are shifting so much that I’ve really struggled to know what to say. So I’m just going to start writing and see where it takes me. The General Election. Where to begin? If I lived in England I would have… Continue reading Taking a step back
I’ve had lots of conversations on social media in recent weeks which boil down to the concept of personal responsibility. I don’t expect I’m saying anything original here, but I’m so frustrated by the double standards I see day in, day out, I wanted to write something down. The starting point for this, again, is the ongoing… Continue reading It cuts both ways
You might well ask why I even need to write this article, because this week’s political machinations around the UK Government’s two child policy and the infamous rape clause make it abundantly clear the answer is Yes. But many of us have detected some interesting parallels in the attitudes of people and politicians to this… Continue reading Are some children more equal than others?
How different things could have been. The day after the independence referendum of 2014, David Cameron could have emerged from 10 Downing Street to announce a root and branch review of the constitutional settlement between England and the other nations. Instead of English votes for English laws he would have announced a consultation on an English… Continue reading My glass is half empty