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 …

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Oh What Timing: The Manchester Arena Bombing

It was just before midnight that I started to notice on my Twitter feed some posts about an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert...and then that it was in Manchester.┬áIt's pushing 3am now. I am being uncharacteristically presumptuous with my title. As I write, no one has confirmed that it is a bombing, only that …

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 …

Labour’s mixed messages over Scotland will not win them any new friends – was that the point?

  Scottish Labour has developed a well-deserved reputation for shooting itself in the foot, occasionally missing and hitting something more vital, so its 2017 conference in Perth, prior to the 2017 Scottish Council elections, was another opportunity to peek over the parapet and see how the latest firearms drills were going. It seems that this …