Let them eat contempt

There’s a strange phenomenon at the heart of Scottish politics, and it runs far deeper than the independence referendum. It’s summed up pretty well in this image. The picture and the comment alongside come from the Facebook page of Labour’s newest Parliamentary candidate, Kathy Wiles. They were made more than …read more

Vacation

I’m going on holidays (Costa del Argyll for a low-carbon austerity-busting staycation). Worry not, abnormal service will continue. Sliding imperiously into the editor’s chair to steal my cheroots and rifle through my back catalogue of the Broughton Spurtle is my… Read More › …read more

Smear ‘em young

At the weekend, hundreds of people (estimates of the actual number, as is traditional, varied wildly according to who was counting) protested against BBC bias at the state broadcaster’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow. There was a very great amount of sneering on social media among No campaigners and journalists …read more

Smear ‘em young

At the weekend, hundreds of people (estimates of the actual number, as is traditional, varied wildly according to who was counting) protested against BBC bias at the state broadcaster’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow. There was a very great amount of sneering on social media among No campaigners and journalists …read more

Federalism: or, Deconstructing Unionism

By John S Warren Within the same 24 hour period Murdo Fraser proposes Federalism within Britain and David Cameron refuses to support the principle of Federalism in Europe by declining to endorse Jean-Claude Junckers’ nomination for Presidency of the EU… Read More › …read more

Through the vortex again

It feels almost insulting to you to even mention this, readers, so we’ll be brief. “Balls seeks to reassure business by pledging to maintain low rate of corporation tax Shadow chancellor commits Labour to retaining “the most competitive corporation tax rate in the G7“ Balls will remind his audience that …read more

Scotland’s £3.5 billion independence dividend

An independent Scotland will save money that can be spent on building a better economy. This is because with independence Scotland will no longer fund services in London or policies that Scotland doesn’t need. The main areas which lead to savings are nuclear weapons and defence, the London civil service, …read more

Sarah Beattie-Smith: On Remaking Or Starting Anew

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Over the last few days I’ve been undecided. Luckily not about how I’ll cast my vote in September, but rather, undecided about whether independence is about starting over, remaking Scotland out of the crumbled walls of the union we’d break by leaving it. Or about a blank canvas, a fresh …read more

A tale of two events

There was a sizeable turnout on Sunday for a demonstration outside the offices of BBC Scotland in Glasgow, protesting against the blatant bias displayed by the Corporation in its coverage of the referendum debate. Organisers estimate the attendance at around 2000, making turnout approximately the same as the estimate …read more

But what if it IS broke?

I am quite happy with the way things are…“”I’m swaying towards a ‘No’ vote. I don’t feel that Scotland somehow needs to be fixed, we don’t feel broken.” So say two members of the “Times 10 Referendum panel” who have not yet decided how they are going …read more