Becoming Safer

Becoming Safer

“The process of trying to assimilate into an existing category in many ways runs counter to efforts to produce radical or revolutionary results.” – Angela Davis Let’s start with an example of the malign bizarre. Gavin Williamson, who has risen without trace to become the UK’s Defence Minister, licks his...

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What International Liberal Order?

What International Liberal Order?

2018 was the year our international liberal order died and US President Donald Trump killed it. Several times. So we are told. From reinstating tough economic sanctions on Iran and announcing plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, to the weaponisation of the dollar, the recognition...

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Failure to pass Scottish Budget could create ‘uncertainty’ for companies

Failure to pass Scottish Budget could create ‘uncertainty’ for companies

While the six Scottish Green MSPs have backed the minority SNP administration’s budget for the past two years, co-convener Patrick Harvie claimed the “hugely damaging” proposals for the coming year would lead to massive cuts in local services. The budget includes an additional £730 million investment in health services north...

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The English nationalist elephant in the room

The English nationalist elephant in the room

We need to talk about English nationalism. Those of us who support Scottish independence are usually wary about anything that could be perceived as “England blaming”. We get hammered so constantly and repeatedly in the media and by opponents of independence as English haters, even though many of us have...

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The Scottish budget: what it means for businesses

The Scottish budget: what it means for businesses

Derek Mackays budget ensures Scotland is the best place to do business and invest, and that our economy can meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future.
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Burns and Mrs Brown

Burns and Mrs Brown

I was recently invited to give an immortal memory at a Burns supper, no great boast, most wise people would rather stick pins in their eyes than speak in public and Burns audiences are not known for their sobriety so the organisers of many Burns supper audiences have to seek...

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Theresa May hasn’t learned anything from her humiliating Brexit defeat

Theresa May hasn’t learned anything from her humiliating Brexit defeat

The Tories keep thinking they can do whatever they want to Scotland and get away with it.
Theresa May must finally stop placating the hard-right Brexiteers, start listening, and face reality.
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Yankee Go Home – Get Your Blood-Soaked Hands Out Of Venezuela

Yankee Go Home – Get Your Blood-Soaked Hands Out Of Venezuela

It is immensely frustrating to be unable to fully illustrate the rage and fury I feel while watching and listening to the grotesquely biased and prejudice dripping drivel which has risen like steam off a freshly laid tonne of manure from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News and all...

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Robert Burns – The Radical, The Republican, The Revolutionary

Today is a special day in Scotland’s history and cultural identity. Every 25th of January since 1801 the birth of a Scottish icon has been recognised and celebrated. Robert Burns, often called Rabbie Burns by indigenous Scots, was born in Alloway, two miles from the coastal town of Ayr in...

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Sturgeon: Salmond allegations will not harm the case for Yes

Sturgeon: Salmond allegations will not harm the case for Yes

Salmond, who preceded Sturgeon as First Minister and SNP leader, faced 14 charges when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday and said he was “innocent of any criminality” and would defend himself in court to the utmost. He is due to make a second court appearance. The First...

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Tory Cabinet split as ministers urge Theresa May to oppose no deal

Tory Cabinet split as ministers urge Theresa May to oppose no deal

But his comments came after leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom branded attempts by MPs to kill no deal as an option through a series of Commons amendments a “thinly veiled attempt to stop Brexit”. Hinds told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I don’t envisage no deal becoming Government...

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Tory Immigration Bill will be ‘sucker punch’ to Scottish businesses

Tory Immigration Bill will be ‘sucker punch’ to Scottish businesses

He welcomed the UK Government’s climb-down on settled status fees for EU nationals, which would have seen them have to pay £65 to register to continue to live in the UK, but warned that measures in the immigration bill would be a “sucker punch” to Scottish businesses. The SNP have...

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Former Yes Scotland chair warns against ” missing the boat” on indyef2

Former Yes Scotland chair warns against ” missing the boat” on indyef2

“The Scottish Government should make an early announcement about holding a referendum within the lifetime of the present Scottish Parliament,” he told The Sunday Times. “Failure to do so would risk missing the boat because the present mandate will expire, and there is no guarantee that a similar mandate would...

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What happens next

What happens next

On Sunday on the Marr show, Nicola Sturgeon stated the obvious. The case for independence is not affected by legal difficulties faced by any individual. If indeed it were the case that personal legal problems had constitutional implications, then given the number of legal issues which have been faced by...

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