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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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Undermining the experts – the SNP, their friends, and GERS

Keith Brown, cabinet secretary responsible for GERS Many years ago I had a job providing a research and information function for a London borough council. My responsibilities included making population projections for the area and undertaking social surveys. I had … Continue reading

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Should the SNP be allowed to get their grubby mitts on the British Transport Police in Scotland?

Many years ago a good friend of mine worked for British Telecom (BT) shortly after they were privatised. The senior management had the bright idea that what was then a monopoly provider should be brought closer to the communities it … Continue reading

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Is the Law Society of Scotland becoming too politicised?

What do you expect from a professional body? My own view is that an organisation representing a profession has three roles: to maintain standards in the profession concerned to promote it, for example by supporting relevant research and investigation, and … Continue reading

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Drowning in symbols – the insecurity of nationalism

Someone pointed out to me the other day that the concession card known to most Scottish senior citizens as their bus pass has changed names. He whipped his wallet out to prove the point to me. The old one was … Continue reading

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How the SNP colonises the third sector – the case of the Scottish Book Trust and the First Minister’s Reading Challenge

A year ago, I wrote about a small charity called the Scots Language Centre that seemed to me, well, just a bit too political for a charitable endeavour. Now another case of potential imbalance has come to my attention. Something … Continue reading

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‘This carelessly drafted scrap of legislative sophistry’ – more SNP incompetence

For reasons that may or may not be obvious, I rarely write about sport or sectarianism. Life is short, they are subjects I have little interest in, and by and large writing about them causes more trouble than it’s worth. … Continue reading

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