Tag Archives: Salmond

What *is* an ‘ultra unionist’, Mr Salmond?

A while ago I was called an ‘ultra Britnat fanatic’ on Twitter. I forget who said it but it was one of the tribe of fruitloops who hover around the fringes of political debate. The compliment came to mind yesterday … Continue reading

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A proud European nation for 1000 years – ‘Game on’ for Salmond

So here we go again. Another two, three or more years of any stability blighted by the nationalist obsession with separating Scotland from the rest of Britain, the charge led as always not by any intellectual crėme de la crėme … Continue reading

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Game on! – a Scottish gambler speaks

This was Alex Salmond a couple of weeks ago when a single poll detected a ‘surge’ (sic) for Scottish independence: The surge incidentally was by three percentage points to 49%, commonly known in the arcane world of statistics as a … Continue reading

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Arcs, tigers and the Faroe Islands – the nationalist ambition

The Faroe Islands (NASA image) I was about to pen a profound piece on Scottish  ‘exceptionalism’ (I may yet – minus the profundity) when someone brought to my attention the fact that old friend of this blog Lesley Riddoch has … Continue reading

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How are the mighty fallen – Alex Salmond collects a third rate political award

I’m marooned at the moment from part of my technology so can’t scatter this post with the many graphics it deserves – a seemingly endless series of tweets with photos from Brussels of Alex Salmond lecturing a spell-bound audience of … Continue reading

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Trump, Sturgeon and MacNeil – a heady mix

Before the US presidential election, Nicola Sturgeon nailed her colours to what could fairly be called an anti-Trump mast. How far away it seemed from the halcyon days when Alex Salmond (sorry, the Scottish government) intervened to thwart Aberdeenshire council’s … Continue reading

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Dancing with ambiguities

It was a smart move of the BBC to ask this year’s Reith lecturer, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, to give his lecture on ‘Country’ in Scotland (audio here, transcript here). It was one a series he called ‘Mistaken identities’ but … Continue reading

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