Today’s Independence Rally

You can see me speaking 24 minutes in here. Can’t work out how to embed this one. It was literally freezing and the very small crowd was understandable. I think four hour rallies outdoors in Scotland in midwinter are somewhat optimistic. I think we also need …read more

Demanding Relatives

By Mike Small “If Scotland votes no, Westminster’s claim to undivided authority over the country? Dead and buried. After a no vote we’ll have a system of government as close to federalism as you can have in a nation where… Read More › …read more

The lost art of keeping a secret

Kate Devlin of the Herald has been a political journalist as long as we can remember. So it’s quite surprising that she’s apparently never heard of Gordon Brown before. But it’s a phrase a few paragraphs into the article that’s more revealing: “Mr Brown has been credited by some as …read more

An unsettling development

Since we’ve been talking about mad letters from Scottish Labour MPs today, we’re sharing this one with you too. We’ve been trying to make sense of it all evening. We haven’t made any progress. It’s not just a simple accidental transposition of words, because if you switch “increased” and “decreased” …read more

Greece: The End of Austerity?

Director: Theopi Skarlatos Syriza had 22 days to make history. This is how they did it. We followed Syriza’s activists, candidates and leadership from the waterfront, to remote mountain villages, to the nail biting final days. (C) Theopi Skarlatos 2015… Read More › …read more

Match Fixing

By Mike Small While the Scottish media goes into a froth and a frenzy of Old Firm (sic) coverage before the League Cup semi-final – coverage which, apart from the rest of license-fee payers I’d imagine the fans of Aberdeen… Read More › …read more

Hubris and nemesis

With a knife-edge general election just 90-odd days away, we must confess ourselves surprised at the sudden rash of candour/indiscipline (depending on how generously you want to frame it) that’s broken out in Scottish Labour. It started soon after the referendum, when Edinburgh Labour chairman Trevor Davies felt confident enough, …read more

Gathering speed

Ed Miliband, who is apparently the leader of the Labour Party, is in Scotland today to make some promises about his lifelong commitment to “Home Rule”, a policy which his MSPs were flatly denying ever mentioning earlier this month. We’re sure he’ll be as good as his word. After all, …read more