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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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Who is this Round and why does he object?

This image and an attached news item appeared on the STV website today. For some reason, as the SNP’s fortunes have dipped, my will to blog has wilted too. I don’t think it’s the hot weather, more the fact that … Continue reading

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‘Support for indy soars to new highs!’ Or does it?

Anyone who follows this blog will know that I occasionally comment on polls and their significance. I don’t take an obsessive interest in the detail. I always caution that the trends are important, not individual polls, and that the errors … 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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Not the sharpest knife in the drawer – Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp

A great thing, metaphors, for bringing a dull or complex subject to life. I’ve perpetrated a few in my time on this blog. But I’m not sure Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp has quite got the point. He’s the founder (his word – … Continue reading

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Five days away from social media

OK, so it’s not a catchy title like 24 hours from Tulsa but, Lord, it was a blessed relief. Some walking somewhere in the Highlands that shall stay anonymous for its sake and mine. A beautiful area where the road … Continue reading

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