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. …

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What’s More Likely to Affect Jobs in Scotland? Indy or Brexit?

The Scotland Office has been at pains to point out of late that, "c530,000 jobs in Scotland are supported by demand for Scottish goods and services from the rest of the UK." What they fail to mention - leaving it to Scottish Government or SNP politicians to say - is that a similar number of …

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 …