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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

It’s not even jam tomorrow. But at least we now know austerity was nonsense.

JUST as the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, was approaching peak boredom after speaking for more than an hour and a quarter, the nation suddenly woke up. “I am going to abolish the Autumn Statement”, he announced. Great!  An end to the annual exercise in self-serving public relations that was turned into an alternative Budget by the … 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

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

Brexit has made independence all but inevitable. But not yet.

THE pugilistic former Labour MP, Eric Joyce, may not exactly be totally welcome yet in nationalist circles, any more than he is in Labour ones. But his new blog “From No to Yes”, is certainly worth a look. His argument that he has had to fundamentally review his attitudes to independence since Brexit, is one … Continue reading

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