Plan B

Sunday, 16 September 2018

It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since the Scottish referendum on independence. My memories of the campaign remain pretty fresh and one thing I remember was the stushie over the currency an independent Scotland would use....

What A Burka?

Saturday, 11 August 2018

So far I’ve desisted from commenting on Boris Johnson’s comments on full-face veils. Partly because Johnson is an attention-seeking charlatan who delights in dropping bombs - metaphorically speaking - simply to see what kind of mayhem they...

That Cromwell Moment

Monday, 9 July 2018

On the 20th April 1653 Oliver Cromwell rose to address what has become known to history as the “Rump Parliament”. Today we have what may, in the years to come, become known as the “Rump Government”, partly because it will be made up of...

Cliff Edge

Saturday, 7 July 2018

It’s an old cliché in movies and I’ll simply take the example the most recent example I saw. Last night I was watching “Star Trek: Beyond” and the character of Scotty was on a tiny craft crash-landing on a planet. It comes to ground on...

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Seventy years is a long time by any standard measured in comparison with a human life-span. These days lots of people make it to their seventieth birthday - thanks, in no small part, to improved healthcare. So step forward, the National...

F*@k Boris

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

“Refused to deny.” An interesting phrase. In political terms it usually implies that somebody said or did the thing that they are refusing to deny - usually because, if they could deny it without fear of contradiction, they would avoid...

The Blood Of The Catalans

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Well, that didn’t last as long as we would have liked, did it? Today Spain’s 39 year old flirtation with democracy came to an end when the Spanish government decided this whole ‘letting people vote for things’ idea had got entirely out...

A Letter To A Lame-Duck Prime Minister

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Dear Mrs May

Why are you still there? Seriously, why are you still in 10 Downing Street? Yes, I understand that you think that you are staying on in the national interest, but it takes a fair dollop of patrician arrogance - or...

Toom Tabard

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

In Scotland we had a King John - John Baliol - and his reputation is none the highest. This was the king of Scots who was installed by King Edward of England, was undermined and treated as a puppet by him and who was finally stripped of...

A Letter To A Candidate

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Dear Mr. Mundell

I received your communication through the post this morning. Glad to see you are making use of the Royal Mail to deliver your election literature. I’m sure its shareholders will welcome your business in just...