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‘Artists don’t have to be close to government’ (SNP culture secretary). Discuss

SNP denies trying to shape artists’ ideas The Times 20 September 2017 For some time, I’ve had a post on the SNP’s approach to culture and the arts on the back burner. The statement above, by the eponymous Fiona Hyslop, … Continue reading

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EU powers post-Brexit – a case for more devolution to Scotland?

As I write this, I see that UK secretary of state Damian Green is due to meet the SNP’s deputy first minister John Swinney and Brexit minister Michael Russell in Edinburgh to discuss ‘the possibility of releasing new powers to … Continue reading

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No welcome mat at No. 10 for Nicola – hurray!

So here’s yesterday’s SNP farrago. The Scottish Daily Mail had an article headlined: No. 10 ‘takes away welcome mat’ for visits from Nicola. The online version has a slightly different headline but the gist is the same. The paper version … Continue reading

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Stand by for SNP government relaunch: 10, 9, 8, 7 …

Today’s Times has confirmation of a rumour that seems to have been bouncing around for a while, in their own words – Sturgeon set to relaunch government in autumn. SNP considers radical new policies. In a grave error of judgement, … 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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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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