Fooling themselves

Fooling themselves

Jamie Maxwell may be an “Edinburgh-based writer”, but he obviously views Scottish politics through the jaundiced and profoundly prejudiced lens of the London-based media. Few in Scotland would recognise the caricature of Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP that he presents.…

Richard Walker says Yessers need to alter their approach to journalists

I didn’t attend the Scottish Independence Convention last Saturday [Jan 14th].  Sitting for hours in a hotel conference room listening to speeches really isn’t my bag. I did though manage to catch most of Richard Walker’s speech courtesy of Independence…

A breed apart?

A breed apart?

I was present when Richard Walker made his plea on behalf of supposedly beleaguered journalists. The question I posed at the time, although I was not permitted to put it to him directly, was this; why should we have to…

Many voices! One message!

Many voices! One message!

While I’m delighted to find Robin McAlpine acknowledging that the core message of the Yes movement in the first referendum was, and remains, “the most coherent we have”, I am somewhat concerned about the intense concentration (I’m trying to avoid…

Old faces and big guns

Old faces and big guns

Without question, Cat Boyd gave one of the best speeches at the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) event last Saturday. But, invigorating as much of what she said was at a superficial level, I was very conscious as I listened to…

We have the power

We have the power

Nicola Sturgeon gets to the heart of the matter when she says that the question facing Scotland is not just about what kind of country we want Scotland to be but, more fundamentally, it’s about who decides what kind of…

Without respect

Without respect

Theresa May’s reported remarks about respect have the hollow ring of political rhetoric. So much so that one wonders if the word has any meaning for her. She talks of “the respect we show to one another as fellow citizens”.…