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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

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

1999 and all that. As Scotland holds its breath for indyref2, how did we get here?

BLISS it was to be alive in those early days of devolution – except that it wasn’t. The rebirth of Scotland’s democracy after 300 years in spring, 1999 proved to be a painful affair, and plunged Scotland into a period of post-natal depression, which ended the careers, and the lives, of some of the architects … 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

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

Hello? It’s your line to David Davis.

RING Ring. Hello, it’s your line to David Davis. I’m afraid all of our Brexit ministers are exceptionally busy right now, but your call is very important to us so please listen carefully to the following message: “Brexit means Brexit means Brexit … ” The idea of the Scottish Government having a “direct line” to … Continue reading

Viva Wallonia . There are lots of special “substate” arrangements in the EU and Sturgeon has every right to demand one for Scotland

THE first time Nicola Sturgeon met Theresa May was in June, shortly after she had become Prime Minister. They got on well, we were told. As women at the summit of politics, they have a lot in common, and May was trying to present herself as a more down-to-earth leader than the Eton elitists she … 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

If Brexit means Brexit also means Scotland Act is redundant. New settlement needed.

When the former Tory Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, declared during the referendum campaign that Scotland could have “sweeping new powers” after leaving the EU, few believed him. Deputy First Minister John Swinney dismissed it as “a con trick”. But perhaps he should now be holding the UK Government to his word. The Scottish Government has … Continue reading

The European dream has died. The UK’s is looking pretty sick after Brexit.

I DON’T know about the farce, but it certainly felt like history repeating itself as tragedy. David Cameron, holding back the tears, announcing his resignation the morning after a referendum defeat. It reminded me of Alex Salmond’s resignation speech on the morning after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. All Cameron needed to say was … Continue reading

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