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If it looks like a duck … the problem with the SNP’s name

What those of us who do support Scottish independence are all about could not be further removed from what you would recognise as nationalism in other parts of the world. – Nicola Sturgeon, Edinburgh Book Festival 18 August 2017 Oh … 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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Hands up if you know what a ‘kintra’ is

Today I afford an opportunity to the entire Scottish cabinet unlikely to be repeated on the No Thanks! blog, a chance for readers to see each minister’s latest tweet unadorned by political comment. Here they are: Nicola Sturgeon July 28. … 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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Thank you, SNP

With the UK general election only a few days away, I just wanted to thank the SNP. You see, they make elections so easy for me. Since the referendum in 2014 I have adopted one abiding principle in council, Holyrood … Continue reading

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Has Scotland gone mad politically?

Last night there was a general election debate on BBC TV involving the six Scottish party leaders. A woman in the audience, a nurse, asked Nicola Sturgeon an awkward question about the NHS. The details of the question and their … Continue reading

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