Tag Archives: England

Poppies

Regardless of where they stand on the question of unity vs separation I defy anyone to say their position is the result solely of either sentiment on the one hand or cold hard calculation on the other. We all come … Continue reading

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Scottish architectural news – tragedy and triumph

Ulaanbaatar calls the tune: Scots architects snubbed over £45m concert hall design SCOTTISH architects fear they could lose out on one of the biggest and most prestigious design jobs in the nation’s history because the contest to choose its architect … Continue reading

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In praise of my country on a special anniversary

Two years ago today, those of us who want to stay in union with the rest of the United Kingdom won the Scottish independence referendum. Since then nationalists have assailed me almost every day with what they claim is bad … Continue reading

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What decent English people should know about the SNP

There was a debate in the Commons yesterday on the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. It seemed to go on forever and at some stage a number of SNP members were, quite properly, called to speak. Twitter was abuzz with … Continue reading

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Regrets for small things lost

Two tiny incidents were tempting me to write – more in sorrow than anger – about how years of strident Scottish nationalism have coarsened day-to-day life and affected civilised discourse, not only in Scotland but more widely in the UK. … Continue reading

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Notes from a neighbouring place

Owe reet – Lake Windermere Those who care about these things may have noticed No Thanks! has been silent for a while. I’ve been in another part of the country for a break – Cumbria. As always even a slightly … Continue reading

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The great Edinburgh Airport W H Smith scandal

If you haven’t tuned into the latest manifestation of social media volatility this tweet by Lesley Riddoch yesterday morning will tell you what it’s about, the absence of Scottish books and snacks at an airport retail outlet. Stoats by the … Continue reading

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