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Has Nicola Sturgeon launched a new Highland land war?

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.  Has Nicola Sturgeon launched a new Highland Land War with her abolition of rates exemptions for sporting estates? 30/11/14 If so, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of good old-fashioned class politics to spice up her first Programme for Government, which … Continue reading

Radical Independence Conference a “Trot convention”. Hardly.

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD 28/11/14 Twitter followers under the age of 40 probably had not a clue what the Labour MP Michael McCann was on about when he tweeted about the Radical Independence Conference (RIC) “Trot Convention” in Glasgow at the weekend. “Trot” is a … Continue reading

Nicola’s Highland Land War.

Twitter followers under the age of 40 probably had not a clue what the Labour MP Michael McCann was on about when he tweeted about the Radical Independence Conference (RIC) “Trot Convention” in Glasgow at the weekend. “Trot” is a term rarely heard outside Labour party circles any more and refers to followers of the … Continue reading

Will Nicola Sturgeon be the first FM to raise taxes?

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.    We had the Iron Lady, now we have the Irn Bru Lady, said a speaker on BBC’s Morning Call. I’m not sure which is worse, being compared to Margaret Thatcher or Scotland’s other national drink. But Nicola Sturgeon should get … Continue reading

SNP and UKIP are symptoms of Westminster’s decline, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same.

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.   22/11/14 WESTMINSTER is falling apart – literally. According to a report last week, MPs might even have to leave the Palace of Westminster for some years while it undergoes £3 billion in repairs. A fitting metaphor for the way things … Continue reading

The losers take it all.

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD     25/10/14   JOHANN LAMONT has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, accusing “dinosaurs” in UK Labour of undermining her leadership. London Labour she says, “must recognise that the Scottish Labour Party has to be autonomous and not … Continue reading

Nicola Sturgeon wants veto on Brexit. Is she mad?

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.   30/10/14 ‘What part of No does Nicola Sturgeon not understand?” asked Ukip MEP for Scotland David Coburn yesterday. The First Minister designate’s call, effectively, for a Scottish veto on any UK referendum vote on British withdrawal from the European Union … Continue reading

Is Jim Murphy an offer the Scottish Labour Party cannot refuse?

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD. 28/1014 Labour MP Jim Murphy is an immensely capable politician – industrious, combative and intelligent; a natural campaigner who turned the referendum into what was almost his own presidential campaign, with his 100-town tour on an Irn-Bru crate. He has the … Continue reading

They said it was Scottish nationalists who were obsessed with borders.

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD After two years in which the outgoing President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, was hailed as the fount of all authority on Scotland’s place in Europe, suddenly he is condemned as another jumped-up eurocrat trying to take away Britain’s … Continue reading

Lord Smith just needs to get sovereignty and subsidiarity right. The rest falls into place.

“We hold these truths to be self evident”.  No, that’s been done.  “So long as but one hundred of us are left alive”, Nah, too Braveheart.  “There is a Wind of Change…” Sounds a bit flatulent.  Across Scotland last week, concerned citizens were penning preambles to their submissions to the Smith Commission on the constitutional … Continue reading

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