Scotland

NATO. Did SNP swap morality for pragmatism?

October 20, 2012
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In common with everyone else with even a passing interest I have an opinion on NATO and on the SNP reversal of policy. I accept that the policy has been changed democratically within the party, but it is obvious to the dogs on the street that it would not have been so without the leadership…

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Davidson – is there any other show in town?

August 11, 2012
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Oh Dear Oh Dear as Alan Cochrane opens his diatribe… Read it for yourself Mr Cochrane is rushing to the defence of Mr Davidson (joined predictably by Mr Foulkes) who having made allegations of bias against Isobel Fraser has now demanded an apology to boot! These are serious allegations of unprofessional bias against an individual.…

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Game changer- really?

July 29, 2012
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I never bothered watching the opening ceremony live – and confess to having as much interest in the Olympic Games as I have in Outer Mongolian horse nutrition. What has captured my interest enough to fast forward through the various aspects of the opening ceremony is the absolute drivel dripping from various mouth-pieces about political…

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Green dissent no bad thing!

June 9, 2012
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It is a testament to the Greens internal democracy that they have decided to review within their membership the links to YES SCOTLAND! It is to be hoped that they don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. There are many who aspire to an Independent Scottish nation who do not fully see eye…

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Alex- the Splitter?

May 24, 2012
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Alex- the Splitter?

Patrick Harvie hits the nail spot on when he talks of Independence being an opportunity for radical reform. It seems that the pre match kick about has been used by the SNP leadership to dilute the possibilities that are on offer. The aim being, presumably, to lower expectations of the left and calm the fears…

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Time for a grown up debate

May 8, 2012
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It is time to say thanks to Alex Salmond for bringing us to a point where there will be a referendum. It is also time to remove the reins of the referendum campaign from him and from the SNP as almost sole persuaders. It belongs to all the people of Scotland. In the 2 years…

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New Politics

April 20, 2012
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There was an article in Friday’s Telegraph in which Peter Osborne asked is Politics on the verge of a breakdown? He goes on to say that one of the main reasons for voters turning away from the main parties is, to use George Galloway’s vernacular, that the big 3 mainstream parties are three cheeks of…

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Kick Scotland, Kick the SNP- so say the Unionists

April 14, 2012
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The Economist certainly grabbed attention with its cover page- yes everyone is talking about it. Personally I saw it as adolescent humour- and not worthy of a serious publication. Granted their cartoon covers are often intended to raise a smile, but I think that this one did miss the mark, and I believe that many…

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Trimble off course

March 24, 2012
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While David Trimble came out of the cessation of violence in Northern Ireland fairly well, his foray into the question of Scottish independence is misguided. Scottish nationalists do a “violence” to their identity in seeking independence claims Trimble – although obviously he never used the “I” word – The unionists, (a company by the way…

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Cross border

March 20, 2012
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Amongst the Scare stories, the impenetrable border and the prospect of Jack-booted border patrols make an appearance every couple of weeks. A vast army beating back the Scottish hordes clamouring to leave the newly established third world nation. They will be implementing tartan controls and seizing contraband whisky by the tanker load. On the stroke…

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