Author Archives: Roger White

Guest post by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP, with a statistical note

In a first, and last, guest post by Ms Sturgeon, she provides the words for today’s brief article. By 26 July, we expect to have given second doses to all 40 to 49-year-olds (Holyrood 22 June 2021). What I was … Continue reading

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The lessons of Quebec for Scotland – ‘political, economic, and social chaos’

The No Thanks! blog has an unlikely affinity to Quebec. You’ll notice the blog URL is ‘mercinon’. That’s because ‘nothanks’ wasn’t available when I started the blog in 2014. Your humble author had also visited the province longer ago than … Continue reading

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Nine misapprehensions in the ‘Europe for Scotland’ open letter and some related issues

This post examines nine misapprehensions in the ‘Europe for Scotland’ open letter asking the EU to ‘clearly signal a path for Scotland to become a member in advance of any independence referendum’. It also picks up other issues that have … Continue reading

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The mystery of ‘Europe for Scotland’

This threatens to be a rushed post with some rough edges. My apologies in advance. I welcome any comments that could improve it. I may blog on the subject again. I was alerted to the mystery of Europe for Scotland … Continue reading

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Ex-SNP councillor doesn’t know what’s going on

My choice of title for this short post may be a little misleading. Ex-councillor McLean was responding to a tweet by soon-to-be ex-MSP, Gail Ross. The subject seemed to be whether or not the first minister has much to do … Continue reading

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Who wants Sturgeon gone, why, and what might the consequences be if she goes?

This is written in the days before two reports are to be published about how the Scottish government handled the complaints against Alex Salmond and whether Nicola Sturgeon broke the ministerial code. It’s a reminder that the first minister’s and … Continue reading

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Living amongst the English – what did readers think?

If you’ve visited the No Thanks! blog over the last four months you can’t have missed the series of guest posts ‘Living amongst the English’ by Scots who live or have lived in England. The introduction to the series explains … Continue reading

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Living amongst the English No. 15 – ‘One of her dying requests was to have her ashes scattered on the border between Scotland and England …’

England on one side, Scotland on the other. But which is which?Photo credit – see end of article This is the last contribution to Living amongst the English, the series of guest posts on this blog by Scots who have … Continue reading

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Living amongst the English No. 14 – ‘Living with the threat of separation is like living in a sort of limbo’

Another returnee had some of the best days of her life in England but is uneasy about the future. The last but one contribution to Living amongst the English, the series of guest posts by Scots who have lived in … Continue reading

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Living amongst the English No. 13 – ‘I would have no hesitation about going back to live in England’

Brief but to the point this week. Another contribution to Living amongst the English, the series of guest posts by Scots who have lived in England and feel positive about their experience. With only two to go, you can find an … Continue reading

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