Crisis or confidence?

Crisis or confidence?

Do I see some cause for concern in the latest PISA findings? Yes! Do I see a ‘crisis’ in Scottish education? Of course not! Because I’m neither an idiot nor, to the extent that there is a meaningful distinction, a…

Why?

Why?

I hear the suggestion that the SNP should “commit to a second EU referendum in the event of Scotland becoming independent” and I immediately deploy that most basic and essential tool of political analysis, the question, “Why?”. Why would the…

Not speaking for Scotland

Not speaking for Scotland

The reference to Kezia Dugdale making a “major constitutional speech” hints at a residual tendency on the part of even the avowedly pro-independence Sunday Herald to cling to the comfortable simplicity of a time when all of Scottish politics was…

Fake news from a fake national broadcaster

Last week witnessed the latest in what Pacific Quay euphemistically calls ‘A BBC Scotland Investigation’ when a Freedom of Information request revealed figures relating to call handling by Police Scotland. The figures appeared impressive, showing only 82 so-called ‘near misses’…

Calls for Scots Tories to withdraw false ‘train dodger’ accusation

Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives have come under pressure to withdraw an official press release attacking an SNP MSP after it emerged the allegations it contained were false. A row has erupted after Scottish Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw accused Scottish Transport…

You’re all doing it wrong!

You’re all doing it wrong!

It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what the independence movement or the SNP says or does, Gerry Hassan will insist that it’s wrong. It’s what he does. He’s not the only one, of course. During the first independence referendum campaign…

BBC Scotland comes under fire over ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’ caption

BBC Scotland chiefs have come under fire after the station’s flagship evening news programme Reporting Scotland described an Irish minister as ‘Irish Foreign Abuse’. The blunder appeared during a news report covering First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s visit to the Republic.…

England deserves better

England deserves better

With the elevation of Paul Nuttall to the leadership of UKIP, we must accept that the prospects for a progressive civic nationalist movement in England have receded into the mists of political wishful thinking. It may well be a lost…