The News at Six

On the basis of the Forsyth Principle (closely akin to the McColm Principle), i.e. the iron law that “Whatever Michael Forsyth Says the Opposite is True”: we need a Scottish Six. Lord Forsyth has declared that plans for a Scottish Six news bulletin will pave the way for a …read more

Performance review day

Well, it’s that time of year again, folks, when you get to decide whether you want there to be a Wings Over Scotland for the next 12 months or not. Gulp. Click here to make it happen. …read more

Great British Brain Eaters

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It’s difficult to get overly enthused about proposals for a Scottish Six, an hour long Scottish news programme to replace the BBC Six O Clock London News With The Occasional Nod To The Provinces and the sub-tabloid Reporting Scotlandshire, a news show which makes the Sunday Post seem like Woodward …read more

How to do feminism right?

I read Loki’s piece on Bella Caladonia this morning and it spurred me to write down some thoughts. This isn’t about him personally or the main thrust of his argument, parts of which I agreed with. It’s about a notion I’ve been hearing more and more of recently, and took …read more

Welcome to the Future: The Age of Uncertainty

Welcome to the Future: The Age of Uncertainty

Gerry Hassan

Sunday Mail, February 28th 2016

Politics and public life are meant to follow neat, tidy, predictable patterns.

Experts and forecasters are supposed to be able to give informed analysis on future change. This doesn’t always work out. Even experts have a continuity bias, …read more

Shoulder to shoulder

The dogged determination of Scottish Labour to insult the Scottish electorate is a source of constant slack-jawed astonishment to us. Over the years we’ve lost count of the number of times the party’s politicians have effectively said “People are just too stupid to vote for us”, in the apparent belief …read more

Referendum tale of two Tories leaves me cold | Kevin McKenna

Source: Kevin McKenna There are the barking ones. And then there are the other lot You wouldn’t, perhaps, go so far as to say it was referendum fatigue. After all, by the time 23 June has come and gone, I will have participated in a mere four, while only six will have occurred during my lifetime. And, whatever your views on the UK’s membership of the European Union, you won’t really be able to claim by the time it’s all over that the campaign went on for too long. It’s just that the EU referendum will never come close to matching […]

Honest, Guv, I Didn’t See Nuffin’

Jimmy Savile met the Royal family not just on many official occasions, but frequently socially. He was a private Hogmanay guest of the Prime Minister on seven occasions. Of course not only on 31 December, I just think that fact illustrates how close he was.

I do not believe that …read more