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Rise of the nationalist far right in Europe and the lessons for Scotland

It was the best of nationalism; it was the worst of nationalism. Nicola Sturgeon, in Paris yesterday for climate change talks, offered no congratulations to the leader of the French nationalist Front Nationale (FN), Marine le Pen. The FN won a sensational victory in the regional elections and Ms le Pen is now a serious … Continue reading

Sturgeon: “Trust me, I’m a social democrat not a flags and anthems nationalist”

Trust. It’s a perishable commodity in politics. In fact, it’s hard to think of another politician in Britain right now who could get away with asking for it – other than the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon Most politicians today are regarded as corrupt until proven otherwise. But why did the SNP leader need to appeal … Continue reading

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

Radical Independence Conference a “Trot convention”. Hardly.

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD 28/11/14 Twitter followers under the age of 40 probably had not a clue what the Labour MP Michael McCann was on about when he tweeted about the Radical Independence Conference (RIC) “Trot Convention” in Glasgow at the weekend. “Trot” is a … Continue reading

SNP and UKIP are symptoms of Westminster’s decline, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same.

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.   22/11/14 WESTMINSTER is falling apart – literally. According to a report last week, MPs might even have to leave the Palace of Westminster for some years while it undergoes £3 billion in repairs. A fitting metaphor for the way things … Continue reading

Back Pages: Whatever happened to the Tartan Monster?

It seems a light year ago, but there was a time when many Unionists seriously believed that Alex Salmond had set the referendum for September 2014 in order to exploit a surge of nationalist emotion that would follow the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Well if he did, it was a … 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

Scotland changed for the better whatever September brings.

Road to Referendum isn’t a Yes campaign tour, and I’m not a member of the Scottish National Party. The idea is to have open and hopefully open-minded discussions about the state of the nation and how to approach this momentous decision – which affects all of us in this windy little corner of Europe. The … Continue reading

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