With the backing of the Yes movement and a platform promising a new referendum, the SNP pulled off another remarkable victory in the 2017 snap UK general election...
Suppose we'd had that referendum in 2018. Suppose we'd won. Four months on we'd be well into the process of getting Scotland out of the Union - instead of being in the position of desperately struggling to keep Scotland in the EU - in keeping with the wishes of 62% of the Scottish voters who expressed a preference in the 2016 EU referendum.
Like most people, I suspect, I have totally given up on the entire Brexit shambles. And I'm increasingly perplexed as to why, in public at least, the First Minister persists in behaving as if there was some Brexit outcome that might have a significant bearing on the constitutional issue. Does she genuinely suppose that there … Continue reading It depends
In all this talk of postponing the new referendum, whether it be until 2019 or 2021 or 2022, I see no explanation of how those commending delay propose to deal with the measures that the UK Government will surely implement in order to make a referendum impossible or unwinnable or both. It's as if they … Continue reading I despair!
I have news for Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp. Brexit is not the only thing happening in the world. It's not even the only thing happening in Scotland. Were he but able to tear his attention away from Brexit for a second he might notice a few other things going on. Things that might just throw his nice … Continue reading It’s what we make it
Most people in Scotland want independence. They just don't realise that the thing they want is called independence. They would vote for the powers that come with independence. But they shy away from voting for independence itself. Why is this? In part,of course, it is because the British propaganda machine has been working very hard … Continue reading What do we want?
Just thought I'd drop this into the current discussion about the condition of media and journalism in Scotland and elsewhere. It's an extract from an article titled The death of truth which first appeared in the March 2017 issue of iScot Magazine. Isn’t there an irony - delicious or distasteful according to personal taste - in … Continue reading The death of truth
There shall be a Scottish Parliament. But only if we are prepared to fight for it. There shall be a Scottish Parliament. But not if we allow the British political elite to have its way. There shall be a Scottish Parliament. But we must now decide, as a matter of great urgency whether it is … Continue reading Shall there be a Scottish Parliament?
Do you ever read something that makes you physically wince? I flinched twice reading George Kerevan's article. I cringed when i read this "the Scots electorate (mercifully) is having a year off". Aye, George! Because voting is such an onerous task we should be glad of anti-democratic British Nationalists like Ruth Davidson who want to … Continue reading Wincing and recoiling
We have here a curious instance of someone getting the point, then losing it. Pete Wishart lights upon a highly significant observation, only to immediately walk away from it in his eagerness to get back to comfortable and comforting platitudes about "new independence case". Difficult as it may be for some to believe, there was … Continue reading Backing off