The Living End

Something kept nagging at the back of our minds as we read today’s front-page lead story in Scotland On Sunday about a battle between finance secretary John Swinney and a number of Scottish councils. And then we remembered what it was. The row centred around Swinney’s plan to impose on …read more

Charity with menaces

Brian Spanner Fan Club chairman JK Rowling yesterday moved quickly to correct some press reports that she’d abandoned her plans to sue independent MP Natalie McGarry over alleged defamation. Tweeting to Herald reporter Martin Williams, she snippily noted: The true nature of the “request” therefore seems unmistakeable – “make a …read more

Without Fear or Favour

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There is a bucketful of irony surrounding my departure from the Sunday Herald which doesn’t escape me.

Firstly, I was sacked less than a week after penning a column about the abuse I’ve experienced as a journalist, much of which has come from fans of Rangers Football Club following my work …read more

Laoidh ann am Beul an Là

Fearghas

Le sùil air ais gu latha cuimhneachaidh an Olocoist air Diardaoin, dàn smuaineachail le Fearghas MacFhionnlaigh.

LAOIDH ANN AM BEUL AN LÀ

“Às dèidh Auschwitz chan eil bàrdachd ann.”
(Theodor Adorno, feallsanach agus sgrùdair-ciùil)

“Dè th’ann am fear-ealain nad bheachdsa? Na dhearg amadan gun ach sùilean aige mas e peantair a th’ann? Gun ach …read more

A world full of philanthropists

To the astonishment of all, it turns out that JK Rowling isn’t going to sue anyone after all. Or, as the ever-reliable-and-accurate Scottish Daily Mail puts it: (It seems needlessly churlish and picky to also point out that McGarry currently isn’t an “SNP MP”, so we won’t do that.) Instead, …read more

Hullo, hullo, we are the bully boys

On the rare occasions when this site discusses football, and in particular if we mention the three-year-old Championship club known as “Rangers”, we get complaints on two grounds: one, that football has nothing to do with politics, and two, that we risk alienating supporters of the club who also back …read more

Spears of sport

On the rare occasions when this site discusses football, and in particular the three-year-old Championship club known as “Rangers”, we get complaints on two grounds: one, that football has nothing to do with politics, and two, that we risk alienating supporters of the club who also back independence, of which …read more