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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

Why 2016 may go down in history as the year the Union died.

IT’S become a New Year cliche that 2016 has been a year of revolutions – like the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the civic nationalist revolts of 1848, the Russian revolution of 1917, or the French and Czech rebellions of 1968. Take your pick. And there is no doubt that from a constitutional point of view, … Continue reading

Nicola Sturgeon wants veto on Brexit. Is she mad?

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.   30/10/14 ‘What part of No does Nicola Sturgeon not understand?” asked Ukip MEP for Scotland David Coburn yesterday. The First Minister designate’s call, effectively, for a Scottish veto on any UK referendum vote on British withdrawal from the European Union … Continue reading

Lord Smith just needs to get sovereignty and subsidiarity right. The rest falls into place.

“We hold these truths to be self evident”.  No, that’s been done.  “So long as but one hundred of us are left alive”, Nah, too Braveheart.  “There is a Wind of Change…” Sounds a bit flatulent.  Across Scotland last week, concerned citizens were penning preambles to their submissions to the Smith Commission on the constitutional … Continue reading

What the F is federalism anyway?

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD. 30/9/14 So, you’ll have had your devo max. This is now called “independence by stealth” by Scottish Tories’ leader Ruth Davidson, who seems to have appointed herself guardian of the Scottish constitution. She told the Conservative Party conference that “devo max … Continue reading

Don’t expect any gratitude for a No vote. The future’s Boris.

‘Never go below the line’, friends tell me. They mean don’t look at the comment sections on UK newspapers if you want to retain your sanity. But you would think the liberal Guardian would be an exception. After all, it is the organ of the thinking classes and supports constitutional reform and self determination for … Continue reading

All nationalisms are not the same.

There has been a subtext to much of the coverage of the independence debate over the last three months as the London media has started to take a closer interest in what is going on in Scotland.  It has brought to the fore a latent tendency in much metropolitan commentary on Scotland to see the … Continue reading

Are unionists united yet on devolution max?

READ IAIN IN HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD       Thursday 3 April 2014   I was in London earlier last week as the April Fool jokes were being rolled out by the press at Scotland’s expense. I particularly liked the idea of UN peace-keepers being brought in after a Yes vote to police the … Continue reading

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