Only possible if there’s a leadership contest not a coronation Alex Salmond’s biggest achievement since establishing Alexba has been to persuade 6,000 fellow Scots that that “the dream will never die”, as he famously declared in the melancholic aftermath of the 2014 referendum defeat. He’s absolutely correct about that: the dream of independence will always … Continue reading A Bold Alternative Alba
Crucial choice facing members of the new nationalist breakaway party Six thousand Scots have now signed up as members of the Alba Party. Such is the fast growing popularity of this fledgling pro-indy political force, it is frantically seeking extra capacity for its forthcoming inaugural conference in Greenock. But the man who secured that venue, … Continue reading Alba or Alexba?
The SNP’s President risks Sturgeon’s wrath by denouncing jail sentence As the rebel blogger Craig Murray prepared to hand himself in to an Edinburgh police station to begin his prison sentence this morning, even one of the First Minister’s most favoured courtiers was flinching at the harshness of his punishment. The SNP’s president Mike Russell … Continue reading Even Mike Russell Backs Murray
UK Government hubs serve the same purpose as anti-Jacobite garrisons Jacob’s Ladder is a convenient, though cardio challenging, shortcut up from Waverley Station to Calton Hill. Its name stems from the biblical patriarch who dreamt of a rope step ladder stretching up to heaven. Which is what one emigre Scottish scribe felt he had ascended … Continue reading The Re-Occupation of Scotland
The constitutional debate cannot continue to totally eclipse climate change For decades now, she has been the dread of all the assorted power wielders in Washington. Presidents, spads and spin doctors, plus Congressmen and courtiers - along with lobbyists and various other reptiles who lie for a living in the marbled corridors of power - … Continue reading Apocalypse Soon for Caledonia
Crown accused of seeking to restrain cops probing ‘SNP fraud’ When news broke that detectives were digging into possible financial fraud within the SNP - involving more than £600,000 of donations allegedly diverted from a campaign fund meant to be ring-fenced for fighting a second independence referendum - it prompted feverish speculation about why this … Continue reading Prosecutors v Police Scotland?
Another foreign reporter falls for the First Minister’s phoney rhetoric It’s not hard to imagine the expression on the First Minister’s face when one of her 60 spin doctors told her this week that the New York Times had published a lengthy piece about her. For that is how she would have perceived it, of … Continue reading Innocents Abroad in Edinburgh
Why BBC Scotland’s The Nine often hooks only 9,000 viewers The digital channel hasn’t served up much guid entertainment since it was launched almost two and a half years ago. But its bosses certainly did when they were quizzed by a Commons committee earlier this week. BBC Scotland’s director, an Ulsterman called Steve Carson, was … Continue reading The Shunned TV News Show
Scotland’s second best crime writer with Scotland’s second best leader A wee while ago Jaggy had a bit of hairmless fun with a book containing the selected speeches of Nicola Sturgeon. Well, who doesn’t like shooting fish in a barrel, eh? Actually, the post shone more of a spotlight on the adulatory introduction to that … Continue reading When Val Met Nicola
Hidden dealings of a moralising opponent of independence now revealed Remember former NATO secretary-general Lord Robertson of Port Ellen re-entering the political fray during the 2014 referendum to warn that the “forces of darkness” in the world would relish Scotland separating from the UK? He never spelt out to his compatriots what he meant by … Continue reading Light Cast on Force of Darkness
Being economical with the truth is a booming economic sector If you really want to comprehend why the Covid Queen’s continues to reign supreme - no matter what she subjects her subjects to - there is a full explanation available that lasts for barely 20 seconds seconds. Rather amazingly, it was provided by one of … Continue reading SNP Spin Doctors Slay Covid
British separatism has its rival Scottish version on the run Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar is labouring under an illusion. He believes that Scotland is cursed by “the muscular unionism of Boris Johnson and the blindfolded nationalism of the SNP”. Senior figures in the Scottish Liberal Democrats - the few surviving ones - are thinking … Continue reading Twin Nationalisms? If Only
Glorifying Mancini while ignoring the Murrells won’t stop its slide Debating whether the National should have run a front page mocking up the Italy manager Roberto Mancini as Mel Gibson’s William Wallace seems as pointless now as arguing over whether Billy Gilmour should have been picked to play against the Czechs at Hampden. Like our … Continue reading Why the National is So Awful
The ‘pro-indy’ party’s defence spokesman worships Brexit Britain’s new warships The biggest naval deployment by Britain since the Falklands War began with massive multinational war games off the north-west coast of Scotland. Soon the Carrier Strike Group will reach the hotly contested South China Sea. Its transit through traditional international shipping lanes - now being … Continue reading SNP Admirals Love Big Lizzie
Unionists across the water troubled by the break-up of Britain Whatever social distancing rules are still being enforced, the ferries crossing from Cairnryan to Larne will have felt heaving this weekend. Any number of sweaty, lager-swilling Billy Boys, bedecked in Rangers tops and bellowing ‘No Surrender’, is going to make vessels of any size seem … Continue reading Scots Now Unsettle Ulster
Why Holyrood has become Orwellian and Big Sister always survives It was an unusually bright, warm summer’s day and the clocks were striking fourteen (to commemorate both Bannockburn and the independence referendum). At the Ministry of Truth/Ministrealachd na Fìrinn, ScotSoc’s top spinmeisters were wracking their brains to bury some inconvenient truths in really forbidding bureaucratic … Continue reading Clocks Striking 14 in ScotSoc
The plot to destroy Alex Salmond wasn’t a conspiracy theoryWhen the most savage power struggle since the dawn of devolution was fully raging, the Daily Record referred to “Salmond’s SNP Government conspiracy theories”. But gradually more and more irrefutable evidence is mounting that there was a dark conspiracy at the heart of the Scottish Government … Continue reading Scots Sorely Lack Suspicion
Forging a Holyrood cooperation agreement has hit some mighty snags Michael Gove is a cunning political gladiator. The UK Cabinet Office Minister can always quickly spot a weakness in his opponent’s armoury and will ruthlessly swing his sword at it. Raised in the north-east of Scotland, he realises how electorally vulnerable the SNP could become … Continue reading FM’s Trouble Swallowing Greens
Breaking-up Britain is a breeze compared to challenging Chinese rule Anyone who thinks Scotland faces an awful struggle for independence and freedom of expression should sit down and watch the latest TV images from Hong Kong. The sight of editors on a brash tabloid being led away in handcuffs whilst other hacks fled for the … Continue reading Holyrood Far From Hong Kong
SNP defence chief gets accused of Russophobia and dodgy connections We didn’t need the HMS Defender incident off the coast of Crimea to remind us about the current state of relations between London and Moscow. But, just in case we did, BBC News served up an exclusive fly-on-the-deck report of the British warship being shadowed … Continue reading Clydeside’s New Cold Warrior
Former FM has a poor record of helping the poor If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Greenock Town Hall the second weekend of September, don’t be startled if you see red flags fluttering alongside Saltires on its balconies. Having abandoned the stupid pretence that they are allies not enemies of the SNP, Alba’s interim … Continue reading Salmond and Social Justice
SNP’s feeble 45 at Westminster will feel right at home The newly revealed plan by the Cabinet Office Minister, Michael Gove, to scrap English Votes for English Laws will be welcomed by fellow Unionists who felt this ‘Evel’ act rubbed salt in Scottish rebels’ wounds after the 2014 referendum. Actually, it was more of a … Continue reading Gove Set to Deliver Us from Evel
Spirit and drive sorely needed at both Wembley and Westminster Having long ago forsaken Caledonia for California, I’m sure my auld aquaintance Paul Pender won’t be producing any sequel to his memorable 1990s documentary series about our recurring fate in international football tournaments - Faith, Hope…and Calamity! That said, I can just imagine him propped on a barstool in … Continue reading Time to Summon Smeddum
Andrew Neil and Neil Oliver broadcast to fellow Brit Nats Could the creators of GB News possibly have fixed on a worse time to launch their channel than at the start of the Euro 2021 tournament? Outwith its strangely dim-lit digital studios, the only flag that isn’t being waved in our faces on these islands … Continue reading Union Jackass Echo Chamber
Here’s the question we should all be asking at this stage in the Covid-19 crisis - how in the coming months (and maybe years) can we strike a healthy balance between security and liberty? And it needs to be addressed with special urgency in Scotland. Without waiting to see whether vaccines have broken the link … Continue reading Sturgeon’s Medical Martial Law
In 1985, British viewers were glued to what was immediately recognised as much more than a run-of-the-mill television mini-series. The Edge of Darkness was about a widowed police detective called Ronald Craven who suddenly has to investigate the shooting of his daughter, a radical student activist. As he grieves, he is soon drawn into the murky world … Continue reading Scotland’s Real Edge of Darkness
How deeply ironic and disgraceful that a Scottish nationalist blogger needs to appeal to a court in the British capital to delay being put behind bars! Judges at the High Court in Edinburgh today refused leave to appeal the contempt of court finding made against Craig Murray. Thankfully, the UK Supreme Court still allows people … Continue reading Looking to London for Liberation!
Gently probed in a podcast about his sudden conversion to Home Rule, Kenny MacAskill did what I predicted (in a previous post) advocates of ‘independence within the UK’ would do - he quoted Michael Collins’ famous line about gaining “the freedom to achieve freedom”. I could be cruel to the Alba MP for East Lothian … Continue reading Kenny MacAskill and Michael Collins
If you can’t scale the Sunday Times paywall to view its front page splash about Prince William being regularly sent northwards to save the Union, don’t worry. Jaggie has far more connections with courtiers at the Palace than any Murdoch minion and can exclusively reveal the details of this grand plan. Warning: some readers might … Continue reading Rebellious Scots to Clutch
A rebel Scottish blogger could be committed to jail by the middle of next week. Leave to appeal against the eight month sentence served on him in the High Court is expected by his legal team to be refused on Monday, according to the latest post on his own blog. If so, Craig Murray could … Continue reading Completing Craig Murray Jigsaw
In a recent Telegraph column, the journalistic ghillie Alan Cochrane fired off a few more, poorly aimed, shots at Alex Salmond. The coonsil hoose kid who’ll accompany any Tory grandee on the grouse moors likes to do that. His self-aggrandising diary about the 2014 referendum campaign was titled Alex Salmond: My Part in His Downfall. In similar … Continue reading No One’s Missing Wee Eck?
Less than a fortnight ago, this site warned that our SNP chieftains would be more than chuffed if they somehow managed to achieve ‘Independence Within the UK’. Bring it on, Jaggy argued. By selling their nationalist souls through signing a New Union Treaty, the Sturgeonistas would create a brilliant opening for Alba. Never did I imagine … Continue reading Alba Means Independence in UK?
When I studied at Glasgow University, more than a few of my fellow undergrads used to giggle about what they called the “darkie’s walloper”. Apparently, some extraordinarily large specimen of an African male’s genitalia was on display in the Hunterian Museum. I cannot say whether this was just a Gilmorehill myth because I never felt … Continue reading White Wallopers Rule Campus
Forget that hackneyed line from G. K. Chesterton about the people of England never having spoken yet. As they mow their manicured lawns, our southern neighbours are finally beginning to find their collective voice. At least they’re starting to mutter quietly about us behind their high garden hedges. A new opinion poll in the Telegraph suggests that … Continue reading The People of England Have Spoken!
Marina and Hyde are the only two reasons I still bother with the Guardian. When it comes to skewering the buffoons who are ruining this country, she is incomparable. But even marvellous Marina suffers from metropolitan myopia, alas. Hence only semi-delight when I read her most recent column headlined ‘A dangerous cult now runs Britain - … Continue reading Johnson and Sturgeon the Same
We need to roll up our sleeves and practise the grown-up politics of negotiation, co-operation and consensus building. That was Lorna Slater’s public response, in her kinda cute mid-Atlantic accent, to Nicola Sturgeon’s invitation to snuggle up to her. In private I’m sure this Very Nova Scotian and Patrick Harvie are already giddy at the … Continue reading Nicola’s Gonna Eat Her Greens
We’ve all got our own favourite horror stories about flying with Ryanair, but being suddenly diverted to Minsk (on a flight from Athens to Vilnius) after the plane has been effectively hijacked by Belarusian security agents takes the biscuit. What should most disturb us in Scotland is why this happened - to capture a blogger … Continue reading Scotland’s Becoming Like Belarus
David Martin spent a total of 33 years as a Member of the European Parliament, during which time he might as well (like all MEPs) have been digging the roads for all the political impact he had. But he did say something last week that deserves serious consideration: Mr Martin told the LabourList website that … Continue reading Independence Within the UK?
William and Kate’s seven day tour of Scotland next week seems certain to be accompanied by a larger than originally anticipated media entourage following the prince’s extraordinary personal savaging of the BBC. But, wherever the scribblers, snappers and dish monkeys are dispatched from, they will doubtless remain oblivious to the fact that they’re in a … Continue reading BBC Shafted Indy Like Diana
At first, when I spotted it in the Perth branch of Waterstones, I thought it was a spoof. Selected speeches by Nicola Sturgeon? They’d need to be highly selective, I thought, as I struggled to recall a single soundbite or flash of oratory from her that was stirring, mind-stretching or in any way memorable. The … Continue reading The Princess Nicola MacHiavelli
Something just didn’t seem right about the scenes we saw on the south side of Glasgow last week. As I surfed through all the video footage posted on social media about the ‘Battle of Kenmure Street’, what struck me was how far from spontaneous this seven hour stand-off seemed. Not just a bit staged but … Continue reading The Spectacle of Kenmure Street
Shortly before he passed away, the newsroom colleague I most admired suddenly lost all interest in the papers. I hope he hasn’t gone back to them, for he wouldn’t be resting in peace if he saw the recent four-page feature about our First Minister in the French daily Le Monde, headlined ‘Nicola Sturgeon, reine d’Ecosse’. Actually, we … Continue reading Scribe Who Rumbled Sturgeon
A fascination for the grotesque can be an asset in journalism. Probably that is what drew me to interview Enoch Powell at his grand but gloomy flat in Belgravia. Most of the time throughout our brief encounter the brilliant classical scholar’s oversized brain was, like the Tiber, foaming with much blood. At points I thought … Continue reading Alba and Abstentionism. Discuss.
It seems our nation’s most frequently fulminating minister may have mounted his online pulpit for the last time. The Reverend Stuart Campbell has decided to hastily wind up his closely followed political website Wings over Scotland. Naturally, his huge congregation is mournful and distraught. But the truth is their beloved cleric is probably saving them … Continue reading Wings No Longer Soar Over Scotland
Against the First Minister and the Crown, he rebelled. They cut him down! Now his wife Nadira must raise their two young sons with dignity. That is how many people in Scotland, and elsewhere in the world, are viewing the eight month prison sentence passed down on rebel blogger Craig Murray for Contempt of Court (even … Continue reading Scandalising Scottish Criminal Justice
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 ambassador-turned-rebel blogger Craig Murray is spending this weekend with his wife Nadira fearing that, on Tuesday, he will be jailed and separated from their 11-year-old son and two-month old baby … 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!
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
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