Scotland

Is a 2015 Scottish Labour wipe out on the cards?

Posted on September 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments

The support for ‘Yes’ in some Labour heartlands, togther with the recent success of the SNP, Scottish Greens and SSP in attracting new members has created some exited speculation about the 2015 UK Parliament seeing a collapse in Labour’s Scottish representation at Westminster. For example Kevin McKenna argued in today’s Observer that “Ed Miliband will [...]

The Queen was not fit to be our Head of State during this debate. But what will we do with the castles?

Posted on September 25, 2014 by | 3 Comments

It’s time to start planning new uses for our Scottish palaces. Buckingham Palace, which, due to the embarrassing state of Britain is somehow still a relevant institution in this day and age, has always maintained that the Queen was neutral and “above politics”. This has been said repeatedly over the last month. We know, of [...]

The Scottish left needs to talk about collaboration, not another party

Posted on September 24, 2014 by | 5 Comments

Greens campaigning in Norwich. Image: Norwich Green Party. In the last week, thousands of people have joined the Scottish Green Party and the SSP. Tens of thousands have joined the SNP. If it ever was a good idea to build a new left party in Scotland, then the time to launch it was two weeks [...]

A true democracy has no need for a silly slogan like 45%

Posted on September 23, 2014 by | 3 Comments

Let’s not romanticise this lost “Yes” with a slogan like “The 45%”. A Yes No question was always a silly way to settle social issues, it just provided a temporary opportunity much better than anything else going. Independence Yes or No, was a battle picked not by Scottish people but by two centralised neoliberal parties. [...]

Devo-Max was a perfect example of rotten Westminster politics

Posted on September 20, 2014 by | 12 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 [...]

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