Democracy, Political Strategy, Scotland, Scottish Independence

Devo-Max was a perfect example of rotten Westminster politics

Posted on September 20, 2014 by | 11 Comments

The referendum is over, and the no’s have won. With Cameron and Miliband trying to decide exactly what the no’s have won, now is a good time to very briefly take stock and think a little about what has happened over the last few weeks since that poll that put Yes in front, before ploughing [...]

Some thoughts on the independence referendum

Posted on September 19, 2014 by | 5 Comments

With due apologies for the click bait style of this post, being awake for too much of the past 2 days makes coherent blogging difficult! 1. The results sure that it’s material concerns that influenced how people vote. Older and wealthier people voted no in the largest numbers. They suffer least from austerity and the [...]

Every day’s election day

Posted on September 19, 2014 by | 3 Comments

This is the third of three referendum night blogs. Read the first and second. 6am. Rain and fog. Edinburgh Park and Ride. Defeat. It’s a long way home from there. We had just witnessed the count for the Scottish independence referendum and we lost. Unambiguously. I had often felt it unfitting to end this two [...]

Wow! And that was just the start!

Posted on September 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments

This is the second of three referendum night blogs. Read the first and third.  On a sunny day two years and four months ago in a multiplex in Fountainbridge (the sort of sunny day Spring day where you’d think “this is no day to be cooped up in a cinema”) Alex Salmond, Sean Connery and [...]

The spoils of 308 years of struggle

Posted on September 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments

This is the first of three referendum night blogs. Read the second and third. Last night, referendum eve, I was at a local Greenpeace talk with Benny Wenda, exiled West Papuan leader, speaking to our little crowd of 15 or so about how he escaped his Indonesian Jail, ran for two weeks to the border, and [...]

An open letter to AC Grayling on his thoughts on Scottish independence

Posted on February 15, 2014 by | 14 Comments

Dear Prof Grayling, I read your column in the Herald with interest. I think it’s important that people who are based in the rest of the UK engage in the independence debate, and so I am glad that you are doing so. I do, however, think much of what you say is claptrap. The idea [...]

UN Charter: “respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”

Posted on February 14, 2014 by | 5 Comments

Today, the Herald reports threats from the UK cabinet that, if Scotland votes yes in September, Westminster might deny the Scots their right to self determination. In this light, here the first chapter of the UN charter. You can read the whole thing on the UN website. The UN Charter Article 1 The Purposes of [...]

Yes campaign catching up: 13 thoughts

Posted on January 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Scotland on Sunday has an ICM poll out on the independence referendum today showing support for the Yes campaign up significantly. John Curtice has seen the tables, and you can see his detailed breakdown here. Below are my immeditate thoughts. It’s just one poll. But it is ICM. Who, as others have pointed out, have [...]

On migration, Scotland and Riace are in the same boat

Posted on November 3, 2013 by | No Comments

    This morning I listened to this programme on the World Service. It’s the touching story of Riace, a village in southern Italy which has opened its arms to migrants coming across the Mediterranean. It’s only half an hour long, and I consider it a half hour well spent, but if you don’t have [...]

Grangemouth: a few big men push the rest of us from society

Posted on October 26, 2013 by | No Comments

This week’s news has been grim reading for those of us concerned with democratising the economy. Big events which affect us all have been sewn up by a small number of very powerful men. First, the ‘rescue package’ which stopped the Cooperative Bank from going under left it now majority-owned by outside shareholders, primarily American [...]

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