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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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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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Are these SNP MPs on a shoogly peg?

Insofar as there’s any received wisdom for Scotland the day after parliament approved a general election, it’s that the SNP might be vulnerable to losing seats on 8 June. But which seats? This post takes a look at some of … 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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Scotland’s own wandering albatross: Sturgeon on world tour again

Image: Wikimedia Commons One of the most far ranging birds. Some individual wandering albatrosses are known to circumnavigate the Southern Ocean three times … [They] have a large range of displays from screams and whistles to grunts and bill clapping …The metaphor of … Continue reading

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