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My blog, as with my Twitter account, is usually about music or politics, and even both on occasion. I may delve into other related subjects as politics is everywhere. I support the concepts of a Basic Income and Co-operation. The time of the machine is almost upon us so we must act now to ensure that the new …

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Scottish Constituencies Confirm It: SNP Voters Went Tory at #GE2017

Since writing my blog Some Home Truths For The SNP – and Scottish Unionists – from #GE2017, I have noticed how it seems that the "Labour voters voted Tory" rhetoric seems to have become the mantra for some about the unexpected level of SNP losses. Some of this is being put down to the "Corbyn Effect". I …

Some Home Truths For The SNP – and Scottish Unionists – from #GE2017

Since the exit poll for the 2017 General Election (dare I say #GE2017 Mark 1?) and the unfolding of the actual results, whilst being pleasantly surprised at the Tories' losses overall, and their failure to get an overall majority, I have been perplexed by two things. The first is that the Tories may yet cling …

Pride and Prejudice, Fear and Loathing: A ‘Why’ for the ‘Classics’ of Scottish Unionism

In a week that has seen powdered substances sent to SNP politicians, in order to spread fear and concern, in what you might describe as a low-level act of terrorism, there has also been vandalism of SNP paraphernalia by ever more desperate Unionists, who are finding Indy supporters much harder to bait than in 2014. …

Grievance Politics? How About Unionists Stop Whining About Manifestos They Haven’t (Properly) Read?

It is quite extraordinary the level of whining I see from Unionists about both the SNP and Scottish Greens 2016 manifestos with regard to a second independence referendum. It seems that many are suffering from a collective (or more likely a selective) blindness. I have seen Unionists swear blind (too late, methinks), that the SNP …

Murphy v Hague: Making sense of the GERS argument #ScotRef

For those unaware of it, yesterday (Wednesday 12 April 2017), economist Richard Murphy and businessman Kevin Hague debated (argued) about GERS on the John Beattie BBC Radio Scotland show. I want to try and summarise their arguments, as they came at the matter diametrically opposed, although there was at least a point of agreement, that …

Scottish Independence: The Phoney War Period, Part 2 #ScotRef

So, with social media already stirred up with forthcoming Council elections, the possibility of another Scottish independence campaign had moved social media activists in Scotland into overdrive. Scottish Indy supporters seem to be generally in good spirits, but in a determined way. Circumstances in the last three years had them feel distraught, angry, frustrated, conned …