Tag Archives: Westminster

Which is more grubby and shameless – that DUP deal or the SNP?

One of the advantages of having been around for much longer than many people currently working up a fine froth of indignation about the Conservative-Democratic Ulster Party (DUP) deal is that you’ve seen just about everything politics in a democracy … Continue reading

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Petitions and fundraisers …

Update 13:00 9 April – the petition has been signed by 220,050 people. Any petition signed by over 100,000 people will be considered by parliament for a debate. … well one petition and, later, one fundraiser. As I write this, and … 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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The Scottish Six – who wants it, why, and should they get it?

I’ve been pondering a comment on the so-called Scottish Six news bulletin since the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report on the government’s ‘BBC White Paper and related issues’ was published the other day. The report is brief, only … Continue reading

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Gerry Hassan

Anyone trawling the 200+ posts on this blog will see that I occasionally stray from the strictly political to something that’s more visceral. This is one of those posts. Yesterday on Twitter, I had the following exchange: After Mr Hassan’s … Continue reading

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Is the Scottish independence dream dead and buried?

It may seem a strange question to ask in the wake of a referendum in which 45% of those voting wanted out of the UK, and a general election in which the SNP all but swept the board of Westminster … Continue reading

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‘Keep out of Scotland, Cameron!’ – SNP

One of the tenser moments in my too-long local government career occurred when some colleagues and I from a regional council were arranging an event in partnership with one of the district councils in our region (OK, since you insist, … Continue reading

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