Category Archives: Politics

Disentangling Holyrood Voting

“The Scottish Parliament, adjourned on the 25th day of March in the year 1707, is hereby reconvened” —Winnie Ewing MSP, 12th May 1999 Whether you’re a unionist or a nationalist, those words from 23 years ago started Scotland down a … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Speech

“This Government has lost its way.” —Lord Finkelstein With the ritual pomp and circumstance of Life Guards, Beefeaters, Rolls Royces, Black Rod and everyone who’s anyone among Westminster politicos, a new session of parliament was opened on May 10th. For … Continue reading

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The End of the End of Empire?

Just over a century ago, at the end of the Great War, Britain bestrode the world. Its rivals in the colonial stakes were either humbled, like Germany, or war-torn, like France. Great chunks of the globe, like Namibia and Tanganyika, … Continue reading

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Ticket to Deride

A month after the Scottish Government took ScotRail back into public control, it would be unreasonable to expect the traveling public to notice major changes. A fares review to simplify (and perhaps lower) the welter of faes is promised, but … Continue reading

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Roll On Jenny’s Jitneys

At the beginning of the month, ScotRail returned to public control. Its quarter-century under private management had seen improvements in the shape of new trains on many routes and, with support from the Scottish Government,  the re-opening of several rail … Continue reading

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This Fratricidal War

After three weeks of the most brutal and extensive war we have witnessed since World War 2, Western media has been reporting extensively on human tragedies behind the lines in Ukraine and Russian state media has been spinning fake news … Continue reading

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The Road to Scindy VI—Our Past Is Our Future

The years since the 2014 referendum have seen sporadic debate more on the mechanism and probable success of any further referendum than what it might achieve for Scotland. Because thinking that independence is a goal, an end in itself, is … Continue reading

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Tsunamis in Global Politics

“Those who do not learn from History are condemned to repeat it.” —George Santayana For all their earnest attempts at joint action to deter Putin, there appears to be a belief, however laudable, that international disapproval and economic sanctions can … Continue reading

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Alea Jacta Est

This blog takes no pleasure in vindication of earlier posts that Putin was serious about engulfing Ukraine “heim ins Reich” (see: Na Zapad—Westward Ho!) or the limp attempts to curb the sewer of Russian kleptocrat money sloshing around London (see … Continue reading

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Where Now for the Scottish Independence Movement?

This article by Stuart Crawford was first published in the Scottish Daily Express on February16th 2022. Reproduction here does not mean endorsement of all content; it appears in the interests of widening debate on the matter. It is now quite … Continue reading

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