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As Number Ten prepares to impose consent for the Brexit “power grab” – why Sturgeon was right to defend Donald Dewar’s devolution.

  If we’ve been hearing less from the Scottish opposition parties about Nicola Sturgeon obsessing about independence and not “getting on with the day job”, this may be because she has been doing exactly that. For most of the past year,  the First Minister has been arguing, essentially, the case for devolution not independence.  First, … Continue reading

Brexit Britain and Donald Trump: a coalition of the ignorant, repeating the mistakes of the past.

    It’s often said that we live in a world of “rules-based” international relations. We no longer have kings and imperial states laying down the law, forcing people to obey. We don’t settle international disputes by war, as countries did almost routinely in the 19th century. We have laws, conventions and treaties to govern … Continue reading

Punk Brexit means anarchy in the UK.

Those of us old enough to remember the punk era have always had a soft spot for anarchy in the UK. “We wanna destroy the passerby” as the Sex Pistols eloquently put it in 1977. But most of us grew out of childish destructivism. The true descendants of punk are to be found in the … Continue reading

Whatever happened to Jeremy Corbyn? Rudderless Labour is letting Tories get away with Brexit

READ IAIN EVERY WEEK IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD. Whatever happened to Jeremy Corbyn?  You know the controversial leader of the UK Labour Party who led the people’s revolt against Blairism and turned Labour into the largest mass membership party in western Europe.   Has he been accidentally buried in his allotment?  Is this … Continue reading

Scotland’s Brexit future? A tartan theme park largely populated by pensioners.

Read Iain in the Herald and Sunday Herald. Shortly before the 2014 referendum, I was asked what I thought Scotland might look like in the long term if it didn’t seize the opportunity of independence in Europe.  I replied that it might resemble a tartan theme park with a shrinking population largely composed of pensioners … Continue reading

Scotland between a rock and a hard Brexit.

  As the hours tick away to Article 50 the British people are still almost completely in the dark about what it will actually mean.  A pig in a poke looks like a square deal by comparison with Brexit.  You only needed to listen to the Brexit Secretary, David Davis at the recent select committee … Continue reading

After Scotland, Northern Ireland could be heading for another referendum.

Under the1998  Good Friday Agreement, the people of Northern Ireland have a right to a poll on whether they want to remain in the UK.   No one thought it would ever be required.  But no one ever thought the UK would be leaving the EU and taking the province with it. With Article 50 … Continue reading

If Indyref1 was about currency, Indyref2 will be about sovereignty.

Now that indyref2 – sorry “ScotRef” – has been declared, what kind of campaign is it likely to be?  Unionist commentators, predictably  forecast a more divisive and bitterly fought campaign than last time, and they may be right.  But that’s only because, as the Scottish Police Federation made clear, the 2014 referendum was almost entirely … Continue reading

It was always naive to believe that Holyrood would gain where Brussels loses.

At least one thing is clear as we count down to Article 50 next week.  The idea that Holyrood will automatically gain the powers repatriated from Brussels after Brexit was always naive.  It’s not going to happen; never was.  The Scottish parliament will get some more responsibilities, but exactly what will be decided by the … Continue reading

May and Sturgeon on A50 collision course. Indyref2 within days?

WE’RE all familiar with the game of chicken from Hollywood films. Two testosterone-fuelled men drive head-on at high speed in the sure knowledge that the weaker will eventually swerve to avoid catastrophe – only sometimes they don’t. But it seems women are just as capable of playing this dangerous game. Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon … Continue reading

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