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? That’s always the most important political question anywhere purporting to be a free society. It needs to be addressed with special … Continue reading Covid Queen’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 the 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 the 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 the 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 Just 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 More Than 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 by 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 The Scribe Who Saw Through 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