The ‘Ruth Winner’ media narrative was pre-determined

The media narrative is unshakeable. Ruth Davidson won the general election in Scotland. It’s a Tory revival north of the border. The SNP’s Indyref2 plans are dead in the water. Punt that line and your main stream media career is…

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Runaway Ruth

One thing the general election campaign proved about Ruth Davidson is that she doesn’t fare well when questions leave her specialist area of opposing a second independence referendum. The Scottish media generally doesn’t press the Scottish Conservative leader. It is…

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The SNP must act like the winners they are

The SNP won the general election in Scotland. They emerged with a majority of Scottish MPs. There are thirty five SNP MPs against a combined Tory, Labour, Lib Dem total of twenty four.  It doesn’t matter how many seats the…

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Ruth and BBC Scotland – The real coalition

What an election.  Corbyn confounded his detractors and gave Theresa May a run for her money. The Conservatives have lost their House of Commons majority.  Theresa May is a dead woman walking.  Her party is now reduced to seeking the…

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Lessons and advice

Lessons and advice

Lesley Riddoch would have a point about lessons the SNP might learn from “Corbyn’s surge” if the only thing that mattered was electoral success. If actually delivering on the vote-winning promises is any kind of priority then the lessons aren’t…

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Angus Robertson versus BBC Scotland

If there’s one thing worse than BBC Scotland’s institutional corruption, it’s arrogant reporters and presenters who treat licence payers like idiots. Some weeks ago I had a spat with the Stanley Baxter lookalike that is Nick Eardley.  Eardley had written…

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Ruth and Lies

On May 21st I tuned into the Sunday edition of Good Morning Scotland. The programme carried the usual discussion from that week’s chosen pundits. It was unremarkable until I heard mention of a ‘wobble’ apparently by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.…

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Bold and true

Bold and true

While I agree that Scotland’s independence movement needs to be bold and aspirational and inspiring, I’m not as taken with Jeremy Corbyn as Robin McAlpne appears to be. A maximalist agenda is all very well, so long as you can…

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Only one way to win

Only one way to win

I may have been wrong. We’ll take a short pause here while those so inclined get the sarcastic comments off their chests. Better now? Shall we proceed? I have always maintained that, at UK level, the British Conservatives tend to…

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Power and powerlessness

Power and powerlessness

The following from Wings Over Scotland reminded me of an article I wrote recently for iScot Magazine. So that’s clear. There is no peaceful democratic avenue by which the people of Scotland could express the wish for a second referendum…

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