Monthly Archives: September 2012

Private Finance Insanity

So the debate on how Scotland’s public sector should face another four or more years of growing fiscal drought that will take 12% out of the £33bn devolved budget has been blown open by Labour’s unexpected conversion to revisiting universal … Continue reading

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Ma Faither’s Howff (Revisited)

This morning on BBC Scotland’s GMS, there was an unedifying interview with James Kelly MSP, Labour’s whip at Holyrood. In five minutes, James managed to display every bad trait for which his party has become notorious: evasiveness, posturing concern for … Continue reading

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Come All Ye Jolly Mallowbashers

Poor though this summer has been, the restart of our local mallow bashing season has seen a couple of fine weekend days to get the season off to a good start, For those of you puzzled what I’m on about, … Continue reading

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No More Branch Office

One of the good thing about unionists  is that they’re committed. And when the more thoughtful ones—of which I cheerfully admit there are many—pester you with questions, they are often questions deserving of not just an answer but a fair … Continue reading

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Ten of the Best

Now that Nicola Sturgeon has been assigned to the Yes campaign, expect to see some fireworks from that quarter. I have watched Nicola mature from a passionate YSI member that I first saw in action at the SNP Conference in … Continue reading

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How to Run a Railroad

We apologise to readers here in search of soaring rhetoric on broadminded topics; today you have come to the wrong place. This blog is not just about things local to East Lothian but written wearing the tasteless anorak of a … Continue reading

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Political McGirners: Start HERE

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‘Cos!

I was reminded of an endearing trait of a former partner who was plenty intelligent/educated and would hold her own in any discussion but who, when pressed to discuss and not in the mood would simultaneously declare the discussion over … Continue reading

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Trooble at t’Toon Hoose

Cheery as this blog tries to be, those seeking their ritual giggle (some at the style, some at the content), should stop reading now and switch to Oor Wullie. Get yer tin hat on—we’re in Sturm und Drang mode today. … Continue reading

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Qually Folly

Michael Gove has set the cat amongst the educational pigeons in England. By scrapping GCSEs and replacing them with a Baccalureat more common in Europe. Known in France colloquially as le bac, it is an academic qualification which French and international students … Continue reading

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