What do you do When democracy fails you What do you do When the rest can't see its true? Those lyrics from the Proclaimers will doubtless resonate with many Alba supporters today as they struggle to come to terms with their new breakaway party making no breakthrough in its first election outing. But how could … Continue reading BBC Blackout Thwarted Alba
Lady Dorrian and her two fellow High Court judges wanted to “take longer to reach a decision in this difficult and anxious matter.” So the 62-year-old ambassador turned nationalist blogger Craig Murray is spending this weekend with his wife Nadira fearing that, on Monday morning, he will be jailed and separated from their 11-year-old son … Continue reading The Maladjusted Craig Murray
Do you have cheery memories of Artists for Independence? Did you think the likes of Pat Kane and Liz Lochhead sprinkling a wee bit of semi-stardust on the Yes campaign in 2014 got through to Mary McGinty of Maryhill or Shuggie MacIver from Shotts? If so, you’ll be chuffed that there’s now a continental version … Continue reading Europe for Scotland? Aye, right!
Martin Compston coming out for Nicola in a virtual SNP rally before Thursday’s Holyrood election was the most predictable development in Scottish politics. It raises real questions about the appropriateness of a Las Vegas-based actor’s return to Scottish public life. I’m only joking, of course. Wee Marty can set up a Nevada branch of the … Continue reading Nicola in the Line of Duty
His fingers trembled out of fear for his family, but still a Filipino scribe exiled in San Francisco sat down at his typewriter and did something we desperately need some influential voices in our small country to do right now - speak truth to power. Or rather to the powerless, for those ensconced in St … Continue reading Scotland’s Conjugal Dictatorship
At the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Britain’s supposedly independent and impartial broadcasting stations submitted in the main to Margaret Thatcher’s diktat that they starve all Irish republicans of the “oxygen of publicity”. Historical and current affairs documentaries that might have given viewers across these islands a more informed understanding of the seeming … Continue reading TV Bosses Treat Alba Like The IRA
Not forgetting that the bulk of his station’s viewers live south of the Border, Krishnan Guru-Murthy chose to kick off the Channel 4 News Scottish party leaders debate by asking the five of them for their comments on the furore over Boris’s Number 10 flat refurbishment. The SNP leader’s response was totally predictable: There is … Continue reading Naebody’s Nails Reach Boris or Brussels
Among the tragic victims of the current global pandemic there is one whose death has gone completely unreported. And it will remain completely unreported, for it is the death of our once free press. Under the cover of Covid-19, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes, quietly strapped newspaper publishers up to a financial drip … Continue reading Scotland’s Free Press RIP