Tag Archives: Holyrood

Nationalist fools rush in to support illegal Catalan ‘referendum’

Tomorrow in Edinburgh, there is an event ‘in defense [sic] of the right of the Catalan people to decide its own future.’ The phrase ‘fools rush in where angels fear to tread’ came to mind when I saw the agenda … Continue reading

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Lost – SNP group photo

Stop press: photo now found – see Footnote to post Over the weekend, a photo appeared in the timeline of ‘Eilidh M’ (@EilidhEscocia) on Twitter. It showed a group of about fifteen SNP ‘staffers’, as they like to call themselves, … Continue reading

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My hope for Holyrood 2017

It’s not a love-in. Can we have a little less of this in 2017 please … … together with a lot more government from one of you and a lot, lot more opposition from the rest of you? (Presiding officer excepted) … Continue reading

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Like busses do loopy SNP politicians come in threes …

… or fours, or even more? Yesterday I posted a piece on the ‘Named Person’ scheme and Holyrood. I said I’d return to the subject of the quality of many of our MSPs. Today’s post doesn’t fulfil that promise but … Continue reading

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The Named Person scheme and how Holyrood works

A minor sidelight on the ‘Named Person’ controversy is what it says about the Scottish parliament. I’ve not written much about the ‘NP’ scheme for a few reasons. First, when it was being enacted in legislation I, like many, hardly … Continue reading

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The swearing in at Holyrood

Me? I do like a bit of dignity in a parliament. Sort of lends it credibility. I know it can hide some nasties, like hypocrisy and, erm, not always getting your expenses claims right. But democracy, representing us, making laws … 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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