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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

Federalism has gone the way of the CD and VHS.

NICOLA Sturgeon has yet to make an announcement about the next independence, and says she doesn’t even want people to call it “indyref2”.  But the opposition parties are already fighting it.   In London last week, both Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale launched their first forays against the Nationalists, though there was no hint that … Continue reading

The May Trump axis of ignorance: a zombie version of the special relationship

THEY made oddest couple in international politics: the belligerent misogynist and the vicar’s daughter. Theresa May literally walking hand-in-hand with Donald Trump outside the White House was a spectacle of toe-curling embarrassment for most of us. It was like a zombie version of the Special Relationship. The joint press conference was excruciating. May donning a … Continue reading

Lords Supreme are not another Parcel o’ Rogues. They’ve done Scots a favour rejecting veto on A50.

The Scottish Parliament looks like being the first institution on the Brexit casualty list. After last week’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court, Westminster has rightly been restored to its proper place at the very apex of the British constitution, source of all legislative authority. However, in the process,  Holyrood’s lawmaking powers have been revealed … Continue reading

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