Nicola Sturgeons Speech – A Warning for Scotland

I watched with keen interest our First Ministers speech at the SNP conference in Aberdeen last Saturday.   I don’t really want to comment on the ins and outs of a potential IndyRef2, or of Brexit and everything else associated with it.   There has already been enough said on that and I suspect many are already … More Nicola Sturgeons Speech – A Warning for Scotland

When Yes Means No – Daily Mail Article – March 15th 2017

Trigger warning:  This is another article about Scottish Independence and Brexit. Comfort warning:   I suspect to many peoples relief, I don’t intend to post much more about Indy Ref 2 and Brexit (I can’t promise nothing!) but to be honest I’ve said enough and I’ve other things to get on with.  Unless there is … More When Yes Means No – Daily Mail Article – March 15th 2017

An Open Challenge to Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP Leadership

I have been throughly disappointed and depressed at much of the response to my articles on the EU.  I hate group think and soundbites, on whatever side and yet that is what I have been largely faced with.  I know that there are thoughtful SNP politicians and supporters who have considered these things and come … More An Open Challenge to Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP Leadership

Its Time for Nicola Sturgeon to Call A National Day of Prayer

This was published in the Scotsman today – you can read the original Here The Headline was somewhat bizarrely – “When Jesus Christ was conscripted for the War Effort” – which was not what I was saying….Here is the complete text of what I originally wrote… It’s Time for Nicola Sturgeon to Call a National Day … More Its Time for Nicola Sturgeon to Call A National Day of Prayer

Identity Politics – Why the SNP are Giving up On Independence – Part 4

  The Story so Far:   In part One I argued that the SNP have largely given up on independence as its and is now focused on being what it perceives as a progressive and pro-European party whose aim is to keep the United Kingdom within the EU. In part Two I expressed concern that the … More Identity Politics – Why the SNP are Giving up On Independence – Part 4

Fantasy Politics – Why the SNP are Giving up on Independence – Part 3–Childcare

The story so far!   In part one we saw that the SNP has now become the party of the EU, rather than the party for an independent Scotland. The End of the Dream – Why the SNP Have Given up on Independence – Part 1 In part two we saw how there is an increasingly … More Fantasy Politics – Why the SNP are Giving up on Independence – Part 3–Childcare

The Beginning of the Nightmare – Why the SNP are Giving up on Independence for Scotland – Part 2

Summary – In part one which you can read here I argued in summary that rather than the SNP using the threat of Brexit to push for independence, they are using the threat of independence to try and nullify Brexit. In part 2 we look at how the SNP is increasingly turning away from being … More The Beginning of the Nightmare – Why the SNP are Giving up on Independence for Scotland – Part 2

Sturgeon’s Sorrow

There was one item of news over this weekend that really struck a chord with me. It was revealed that first Minister Nicola Sturgeon had suffered a miscarriage just before the last Scottish election in 2011.   It was an admirable and brave statement. It was brave because Nicola Sturgeon, as the leader of the SNP … More Sturgeon’s Sorrow