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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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When black is white and white is black – the curious contradiction of Scottish politics

There was a segment on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 12 May about the general election in Scotland. It starts just before 2:32 and begins with the BBC Scottish political editor Sarah Smith confirming a truth most Scots … Continue reading

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The fourth great lie of history

Years ago, a Canadian told me what he described as the three great lies of history – ‘The cheque’s in the post,’ ‘It was wonderful for me too honey,’ and ‘Hi, I’m from the government, I’m here to help.’ Well, … Continue reading

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On rebranding separatism

As I write this, round one of the current French presidential election has just been completed and I heard a radio reporter comment on how all eleven candidates invoked the French national motto in their campaigns: Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Is there anyone … Continue reading

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Did someone mention an election?

Which vote was that? EU parliament May 2014? Scottish independence referendum September 2014? UK parliament May 2015? Scottish parliament May 2016? EU referendum June 2016? Councils May 2017? UK parliament June 2017? I confess to some considerable sympathy with Brenda … Continue reading

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