Tag Archives: Westminster

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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How do you solve a problem like Pete Wishart?

How do you solve a problem like Pete Wishart? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you find the word that means Pete Wishart? A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown! – with apologies to … Continue reading

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What’s the problem with the SNP’s MPs?

What is wrong with the SNP’s 56, 55, 54 … MPs? Let’s start perversely with an SNP minister at Holyrood, poor old Derek Mackay, minister for transport, who’s never been near Westminster and is currently being tested on the vexed … Continue reading

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What can we learn about the SNP from that Commons vote on Syria?

Source: BBC (click to enlarge) Well my prediction, not I concede a difficult one to make, was right. The SNP voted as one (or 53 – one was a teller and couldn’t vote) against air strikes in Syria. I have … Continue reading

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There’s been an act of extreme violence in our neighbourhood

This is a shocking story. I’ve lived next door to my neighbour for many years. We’ve had our rough patches but basically we get on fine and have much in common. The other week, some thugs broke into his house … Continue reading

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