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Are SNP MPs really going to save Theresa May from defeat over Heathrow?

IT is a sad day when Zac Goldsmith occupies the moral high ground over the Scottish Government. The Tory MP’s decision to force a by-election rather than accept the UK Government’s imposition of a third runway at congested Heathrow is being dismissed as a political stunt. But at least he honoured a promise to resign. That … Continue reading

Hello? It’s your line to David Davis.

RING Ring. Hello, it’s your line to David Davis. I’m afraid all of our Brexit ministers are exceptionally busy right now, but your call is very important to us so please listen carefully to the following message: “Brexit means Brexit means Brexit … ” The idea of the Scottish Government having a “direct line” to … Continue reading

Viva Wallonia . There are lots of special “substate” arrangements in the EU and Sturgeon has every right to demand one for Scotland

THE first time Nicola Sturgeon met Theresa May was in June, shortly after she had become Prime Minister. They got on well, we were told. As women at the summit of politics, they have a lot in common, and May was trying to present herself as a more down-to-earth leader than the Eton elitists she … Continue reading

Brexit turns to Regrexit as economic reality dawns.

The vote to leave the EU has been widely interpreted as a cry of anguish, predominantly from the dispossessed in non-metropolitan England: white working class people, typically in the north, who feel they have been left behind by globalisation, rising inequality, casualisation and low pay. It is a cruel irony, therefore, that it is these … Continue reading

Anti-semitism. How Corbyn was stitched up like a kipper.

HOWcould a life-long opponent of anti-semitism like Jeremy Corbyn end up being accused of condoning anti-semitism in the Labour Party? Well, the Commons Home Affairs committee doesn’t actually accuse him of that, but of failing to provide “adequate leadership” and creating a “safe space” for anti-semites,whatever that means. The home affairs committee says that the … Continue reading

100 days of Brexit: lessons for Scottish independence?

IT is generally agreed, three months on from “B-Day”, that Brexit has made Scottish independence much more likely by pulling a reluctant Scotland out of the EU. But the chaotic early months of what some are calling “UK independence” could also be seen as an intriguing dry run for Scottish independence – a kind of … Continue reading

Sturgeon wants a special relationship with the EU. She just might get one.

Read her lips: “I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the option of independence before the UK leaves the EU.” That was the passage from Nicola Sturgeon’s first speech to the SNP conference that made the headlines and aroused the 3000 odd activists at the SNP conference to a pitch of … Continue reading

Now MPs are getting their act together on Brexit, time for Holyrood’s parties to follow.

BETTER late than never, MPs in Westminster have started to get their act together over Brexit. It’s a month since Theresa May made clear she intended to push Article 50 through under pre-democratic powers of Royal Prerogative. It seemed obvious that by-passing Parliament raised questions about executive power and parliamentary sovereignty. But a lack of … Continue reading

She may not be a fascist, but Theresa May is a Maidenhead Marine Le Pen, a very English Trump.

AS the Prime Minister, Theresa May, delivered her speech about the state’s responsibility to crack down on tax dodgers and profiteering energy companies, the former Labour leader Ed Miliband tweeted: “Marxist anti-business interventionism imho [in my humble opinion]”. He was being ironic, pointing up how his speech three years ago was attacked by the Tories … Continue reading

You’ll have had your legislative consent. Holyrood will not get a vote on Great Repeal Bill.

The UK government is making clear that it believes the Scottish parliament has no say over the Brexit process because it is about foreign affairs and the constitution, both of which are reserved powers to Westminster.  That will never fly. Repealing the 1972 European Communities Act will directly affect Holyrood’s powers, not just because Brussels … Continue reading

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