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Alex Salmond. Like Charles Stewart Parnell except for the nationalism .

ALEX Salmond has lately taken to comparing himself with Charles Parnell, the Irish Home Rule leader, which has caused much irritation and some ridicule in Westminster. The House of Commons has a long memory and Parnell, who led the Irish MPs in Westminster in the late 19th century, was a key figure in the succession … Continue reading

From Sunday Herald, 16/6/13 I don’t know about the Scottish cringe, but I found Thursday’s Edinburgh Question Time toe-curling. It was a nightmare version of the referendum campaign, complete with an omni-rant from George Galloway, the Respect MP, forming a devil’s alliance with the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage – a demented glove-puppet – to claim, … Continue reading

Independence in the UK. What does it mean?

from Herald 6/6/13 The Herald-STV Road to Referendum documentary series was sabotaged by technical difficulties on Tuesday. Apparently 65% of viewers in Scotland were unable to watch the first 25 minutes of the first instalment of our three-part television history of the national question in Scotland since the war. Part one of Road to Referendum … Continue reading

How many nations was that Ed?

     How many nations was that, exactly? Ed Miliband borrowed the tailcoat of Benjamin Disraeli this week to pronounce his faith in “one nation”. Constitutional pedants (like me) might have pointed out that there are actually two nations in the United Kingdom, Scotland and England. Oh, and one of them might be about to … Continue reading

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