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Nicola said Kezia said … that private conversation

I almost didn’t blog about this. Search for some key words around the subject and you’ll find little else in the Scottish media about politics today. But in case you’ve just woken up from a long sleep, this is what … Continue reading

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A month of being wooed

In case you miss the new page tucked away on No Thanks! here’s a link to it. The idea’s simple. The SNP say they’re going to have a summer campaign to convince ‘No voters’ to change their mind about separation. … Continue reading

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Is the Scottish independence dream dead and buried?

It may seem a strange question to ask in the wake of a referendum in which 45% of those voting wanted out of the UK, and a general election in which the SNP all but swept the board of Westminster … Continue reading

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Tricia Marwick, James Kelly and points of order in the Scottish parliament

In yesterday’s session of the Scottish parliament Labour MSP James Kelly sought to make a point of order but ended up being escorted from the chamber. From a recording of the session it’s not possible to tell what his point … Continue reading

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On the edge: mediocrity and the SNP

Thirty years ago – exactly – I moved to Scotland: it has been my home ever since. In the months before my partner joined me, kind friends made sure I didn’t feel alone. One evening, some of them took me … Continue reading

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Nationalism and closed minds

If you glance back at the immediately preceding post on this blog you’ll find it’s a brief note about some of the online company kept by Dr Paul Monaghan, SNP MP. When I checked which constituency he represented I noticed … Continue reading

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Abuse and the case for independence

I often find myself in a dilemma on social media. I see people abusing each other because of their point of view. Occasionally someone has a go at me. Usually it’s in relatively mild terms – I must hate Scotland/the … Continue reading

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