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Spain, Catalonia and Scottish nationalism

Not for the first time, I find myself thinking and writing about events of some significance in other countries, in this case Spain, through a peculiarly parochial Scottish lens. This may seem strange to non-Scots but they need to understand … Continue reading

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Ten days of nationalist madness

The up-side of getting away from Scotland for a while is getting away from nationalist madness – if you can resist news and social media. The down-side is having to come back to it. Thus a recent relaxing and peaceful … Continue reading

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The BBC and Nicola Sturgeon

Two days ago the first minister gave a speech entitled We need greater diversity both on and behind our TV screens at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. To give credit where it’s due, it was a thorough and well-informed job … Continue reading

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Lies, damned lies, and nationalist monitoring of the BBC

How would you set about researching whether a media organisation, let’s say the BBC, was biased in its news output? Qualified academics could give a better answer but my guess is that it would involve at least these steps: a … Continue reading

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Yesterday was a bad day for my team apparently (something to do with books)

Quite why yesterday was a bad day for my ‘team’ I don’t know. It was a late-night jibe lobbed in my direction on Twitter by someone (anonymous of course) whose brief profile included the hashtag #scotref, so at least I … Continue reading

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TRUE or FALSE? ‘The UN says Scotland is a colony of England’

What seems like an eon ago, before the 2014 referendum, I wrote an article on the lie that Scotland is a colony of England. It was in response to the use of the word ‘colony’ by the late SNP leader Gordon … Continue reading

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Talking Scotland down

To talk someone/thing down – to discuss someone or something in a way that makes them seem less interesting or attractive – Oxford Dictionaries I really struggle with this phrase and its use in Scottish politics. Its most recent manifestation … Continue reading

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